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Public Opinion About Nuclear Energy in the Context of Local Public Hearings About the Expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, South Carolina, 2008-2009 (ICPSR 34871) RSS

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Summary:

This study looked at public opinion surrounding nuclear energy in the lead up to a state-level decision about whether to accept the expansion of the Virgil C. Summer nuclear plant in Jenkinsville, SC. In the survey, respondents were asked about their feelings on nuclear power in South Carolina and the decision-makers who may be involved in the public hearing process, including perceptions of the risks and benefits of nuclear power, effectiveness and fairness of public hearings, and decision-makers' respect for the public, trustworthiness and knowledge about nuclear power. Opinions were collected on energy related issues, such as the safety of nuclear power, climate change, energy independence, energy costs, and expanding a nuclear power plant in the Midlands of South Carolina. Additionally, demographic and other information collected included race, education, age, sex, party identification, and respondents' attention to local news coverage in newspapers and television.

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Citation

Besley, John. Public Opinion About Nuclear Energy in the Context of Local Public Hearings About the Expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, South Carolina, 2008-2009. ICPSR34871-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-10-04. doi:10.3886/ICPSR34871.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (0852985)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   climate change, decision making, media use, nuclear energy, perceptions, public opinion, public utilities commissions, risk assessment, state government

Smallest Geographic Unit:   ZIP code

Geographic Coverage:   South Carolina, United States

Time Period:  

  • 2008-11--2009-02

Date of Collection:  

  • 2008-11-13--2008-11-29
  • 2008-12-13--2009-01-10
  • 2009-02-17--2009-02-29

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Adult residents of Richland, Fairfield, Newberry, Lexington, and Kershaw counties in South Carolina.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The survey data includes a census weight variable, but no documentation was provided regarding how the weight was used or measured.

Methodology

Sample:   The sample was collected through landline phones based on a sample purchased by the survey center at the University of South Carolina.

Weight:   A census tract weight was included in the data.

Mode of Data Collection:   computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

Response Rates:   Wave 1 Response Rate: 41 percent; Wave 1 Cooperation rate was 45 percent

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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