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ICM recently conducted the 11th wave of their annual sustainability commitment research survey on behalf of EDF Energy, exploring local residents’ attitudes towards EDF’s current and future planned nuclear operations. Whilst the survey is conducted across several of EDF Energy’s suites, this case study will focus on the results of the 2022 poll of residents living in the area surrounding the existing Sizewell B power station in Sizewell (East Suffolk).

Highlights from the research:

  • Favourability towards nuclear power (55%) has risen by a statistically significant margin since the previous poll in 2020 (49%).
  • Three in five (61%) support the development of the new Sizewell C power station, with a quarter (24%) opposed.
  • More than eight in ten (86%) support Britain’s goal of achieving ‘net zero’ emissions, with three quarters (74%) agreeing that nuclear power will be needed as part of the energy mix if Britain is to achieve this.
  • Two thirds of Sizewell residents believe that the development of a new nuclear power station will bring jobs and training opportunities to their local community (66%), while three in ten believe that it will lead to greater energy independence (30%). However, there are concerns, particularly the potential impact on the local environment and wildlife (37%). Despite this, three in five (59%) agree that the benefits of Sizewell C will outweigh any temporary disruption.

The data tables can be found here: EDF Energy_ICM – Sustainability Commitment 2022 – Sizewell WT Tables

EDF Energy have produced a press release on these findings which can be found here: https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/sizewell-c/news-views/ICM-poll-2022

Interviews were conducted with 1,000 adults aged 18+ who currently reside in the East Suffolk council area. This included a mix of 800 telephone interviews, utilising random dialling, and 200 online interviews. Fieldwork was conducted between 27th July – 5th September 2022. The data has been weighted on age, gender and social grade to match the profile of the local population of the Sizewell area.

If you are interested in finding out more about this research, or you would like to talk with our experts about other research in this space, please get in touch at enquiries@icmunlimited.com.

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