Survey: Majority of Poles support nuclear power plant construction in Poland

The number of Poles in support of nuclear power in their country is growing

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Dorota Kalinowska
Steam escapes at night from the nuclear plant of Nogent-sur-Seine, 110 kms (63 miles) south east of Paris, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

A large majority of Poles want nuclear power, according to a new survey from Danae Research, conducted on behalf of the Polish Ministry of Climate and Environment.

The survey on Polish sentiments on nuclear energy, conducted in November 2021, shows the best results since 2012.

The respondents were asked: “If you were asked to take an unambiguous position concerning the construction of nuclear power plants in our country, would you be in favor or against?”

Seventy-four percent of Poles declared that they would be in “in favor” or “probably in favor,” while only 20 percent said they would be “against” or “probably against”.

Another 6 percent stated that they were unsure. Compared to 2020, the number of supporters of nuclear power plant construction grew by 11 percent.

Moreover, the survey informed that 58 percent of respondents supported locating a nuclear power plant in the vicinity of where they lived, while 39 percent opposed such a solution. The number of supporters has grown by 12 percent compared to 2020.

The survey also showed that 78 percent of Poles (an 8-percent increase compared to 2020) believe that nuclear power plants are a low-emission energy source that could be a good way to combat climate change. Seventeen percent believed otherwise.

Additionally, 82 percent of respondents were of the opinion that constructing a nuclear power plant in Poland was a good way to increase Poland’s energy security (a 9-percent increase compared to 2020). Fourteen percent of respondents were of the opposite opinion.

Eighty percent of Poles have heard of plans to construct the first nuclear power plant in their country, and only 20 percent were not aware of such an endeavor.

The survey was conducted using the CATI method on 2,148 Poles aged 15 to 75.

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