Public Support – Yes, Saskatchewan has it!

By Alun Richards

Despite recent negative reports in the media, Saskatchewan is the most supportive province in Canada for the nuclear industry.  These results from recent polls showing support for nuclear energy and uranium mining are no surprise to Saskatchewan industry.  We run our own polls twice a year and have data going back into the 1990s.  Basically, Saskatchewan residents are nuts about uranium mining, with public support ranging as high as 84% and not going below 70% anytime in the past decade.  There is not a politician or an interest group in the world that wouldn’t be happy with these results!

At a My Future Is Here town hall meeting, attendants were asked to post their age and opinion on nuclear power.

At a My Future Is Here town hall meeting, attendants were asked to post their age and opinion on nuclear power.

In addition to supporting uranium mining, Saskatchewan residents demonstrate a high level of trust in both AREVA and Cameco to do their jobs properly.  The majority of Saskatchewan residents also support nuclear power, isotope/research reactor development, uranium enrichment/conversion and even nuclear waste management in the province.  When supporters are asked if they would also support the location of a nuclear facility in a suitable location in their community, the majority say “yes.”  Interestingly, during the Uranium Development Partnership hearings and wild discussions on isotope production, support for a research/isotope reactor in the province climbed to 75%.

  • crf

    Will you post your poll’s questions, verbatim?

    It’s the only honest way of citing polls, I think.

  • Here are the questions from the poll:

    Question:
    Would you say you are strongly supportive, somewhat supportive, somewhat unsupportive or not supportive at all of the continuation of uranium mining in Saskatchewan?

    Answer:

    The large majority of Saskatchewan residents (74%) continue to exhibit high levels of support for the uranium mining industry in Saskatchewan – including more than a third (36%) who are ‘strongly supportive’ of the industry.

    While support levels remain high, the spring 2009 survey shows a decline in support from the 80 percent-plus level of recent years.

    Question:
    Do you strongly agree, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat or strongly disagree that Saskatchewan should consider building a nuclear reactor to generate electricity?

    Answer:
    The majority of residents (63%) continue to think the province should consider building a nuclear reactor to generate electricity. The level of support has dropped somewhat as recent developments have moved the issue from a vague possibility to a more tangible reality.