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The rationale for supporting nuclear power: analysis of Taiwanese public opinion survey

Xiaochen Su, Chung-li Wu, Yen-chieh Liao, Tai-De Lee and Chen Tsao

in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

Volume 15, issue 1, pages 147-176
Published in print January 2015 | ISSN: 1470-482X
Published online November 2014 | e-ISSN: 1470-4838 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/irap/lcu019
The rationale for supporting nuclear power: analysis of Taiwanese public opinion survey

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The future of nuclear energy use has become increasingly contentious across the world. This is especially the case in Taiwan, which simultaneously suffers from the instabilities associated with fossil fuel imports and widespread public doubts about the government's ability to handle a Fukushima-scale disaster, while also being increasingly dependent on nuclear energy. This study employs the 2013 Taiwan Election and Democratization Study (TEDS) survey on the Lungmen Nuclear Power Plant to gauge public opinion on the nuclear issue. The results demonstrate that while the public tends to be pro-nuclear when they are informed about the financial consequences of abandoning nuclear power and reassured about safety concerns, opponents of nuclear power, though numerically fewer, tend to be more vocal. Further research is needed to determine the exact logic of the public's decision making, based on a more precise set of preconditions.

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Subjects: International Relations ; East Asian Studies

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