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FSD1070 Energy Attitudes of the Finns 1991

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  • Kiljunen, Pentti (University of Tampere. Department of Local Government Studies)

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coal, electric power generation, energy, energy consumption, energy efficiency, energy policy, energy prices, energy supply, environment, environmental degradation, fossil fuels, fuel oils, future society, gas fuels, hydropower, non-renewable energy, nuclear energy, renewable energy, social protest, solar energy, wind energy

Abstract

The survey studied Finnish public opinion on energy policy issues. The data are part of an extensive survey series launched in 1983. The respondents' conceptions, opinions, beliefs, assessments, attitudes and knowledge about various energy issues were studied by presenting several statements about energy production. The respondents were also asked in what direction the electricity power production should be developed in Finland and how important they regarded the following factors connected with energy production to be: price, non-polluting energy, availability, domestic energy sources, safety and production reliability. Moreover, the respondents were asked whether they would prefer nuclear power to coal, and whether they thought it probable that certain things would happen within the next ten years (e.g. the building of the fifth nuclear energy power plant, or Finland's membership in the EU). Finally, the respondents answered questions about their own energy saving habits and how acceptable to them various ways of protesting against the potential nuclear power plant project would be.

Background variables included the respondent's gender, age, size of the location of residence, region, occupation, education, and which political party R would vote for if the parliamentary elections were held at that time.

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