FSD2186 Energy Attitudes of the Finns 2002

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coal, electric power generation, energy, energy consumption, energy policy, energy prices, energy supply, environment, environmental degradation, fossil fuels, gas fuels, hydropower, non-renewable energy, nuclear energy, nuclear power stations, radioactive wastes, renewable energy, wind energy


The survey charted Finnish attitudes to energy production and energy strategy. The data are part of an extensive survey series launched in 1983. The respondents' conceptions, opinions, beliefs, assessments, attitudes and knowledge about various energy issues were studied by presenting several statements relating to energy production. The respondents were also asked whether Finland should increase or decrease the use of certain energy sources (e.g. coal, peat, natural gas, nuclear power, water power, wind power, bioenergy) in electricity generation.

Some questions focused on the decision made by the Finnish Parliament to approve the construction of a fifth nuclear power plant. The respondents were asked whether they approved of the decision or not, had the debate on the issue changed their attitude towards nuclear power, and would the decision have a positive or negative impact on the standard of living in Finland, employment, safety, image of Finland, electricity prices, environment, industry etc. The Parliament's decision only meant that a permission to construct had been granted, and the survey studied opinions on how likely it was that the new nuclear power plant would actually be constructed. Views were also probed on whether the new plant should be located in Eurajoki or Loviisa.

Background variables included the respondent's gender, age group, basic and vocational education, economic activity, size of municipality, region of residence, and which political party the respondent would vote for if the parliamentary elections were held at that time.

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