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)

Published: Oct 4, 2013

Principal Investigator(s):
John Besley, University of South Carolina

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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.

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. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-10-04.

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National Science Foundation (0852985)

ZIP code

2008-11 -- 2009-02

2008-11-13 -- 2008-11-29

2008-12-13 -- 2009-01-10

2009-02-17 -- 2009-02-29

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

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

Longitudinal: Panel

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


survey data

computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

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



2013-10-04 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.

A census tract weight was included in the data.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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