There’s a gender divide on nuclear power, but it doesn’t mean what you think it means

There’s a gender divide on nuclear power, but it doesn’t mean what you think it means

Over at Morning Consult, they’ve done a survey on attitudes toward nuclear power, and according to reporter Davis Burroughs, nuclear reactors “face pronounced unpopularity among an unexpected bloc: women.”

gender attitudes on nuclear power

 

This is not unexpected at all: polls and surveys have consistently found a wide gender gap on nuclear power, going all the way back to the 1970s. Though overall public support for nuclear waxes and wanes, the gender gap stays steady. Said Gallup in 2012:

Men and women have sharply different attitudes about nuclear power, differences that are larger than those found between partisan, ideological, age, and educational segments of the population. Men favor nuclear power as a source of electricity by a 72% to 27% margin. But 51% of women oppose it, with 42% in favor. The same large gender gap exists in terms of views of the safety of nuclear power plants.

Other surveys have found slightly different numbers, but almost always a spread in the 20- to 40-point range.

This question has been of intermittent interest to researchers for decades, but only recently have they begun honing in on a plausible answer.

Source: Vox

Date: June 2015

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