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2006 EPRG Public Opinion Survey on Energy Security: Policy Preferences and Personal Behaviour

Summary: 2006 EPRG Public Opinion Survey on Energy Security:
Policy Preferences and Personal Behaviour
David M. Reiner
Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Executive Summary
A representative sample of over 1000 UK residents was surveyed for their views on issues
ranging from the future of the electricity supply to their current purchasing decisions. Both
environment and fuel prices ranked among the top ten issues facing the UK and climate
change ranked as the top environmental concern. The young, Liberal Democrats and readers
of left-of-centre newspapers such as the Guardian and the Independent, expressed the greatest
concern for the environment and global warming. These groups were also least supportive of
nuclear power, most supportive of wind power and subsidies for renewables, least trusting of
existing market arrangements for electricity, and least concerned about growing dependence
on foreign sources of energy. Individual behaviour did not mirror expressed policy
preferences. Indeed, political affiliation and newspaper readership had no impact on energy
saving behaviour and older respondents, who were least concerned about the environment and
global warming, were much more likely to have adopted any measures to reduce energy
consumption such as insulating their homes, buying more efficient lightbulbs and more
efficient appliances and lowering their thermostats.


Source: Aickelin, Uwe - School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences