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FSD2187 Energy Attitudes of the Finns 2001

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  • Yhdyskuntatutkimus

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coal, electric power generation, energy, energy consumption, energy policy, energy prices, energy supply, environment, environmental degradation, fossil fuels, gas fuels, hydropower, information sources, non-renewable energy, nuclear energy, nuclear power stations, radioactive wastes, renewable energy, wind energy

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The survey charted Finnish attitudes to energy production and energy strategy. 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 relating to energy production. Opinions on whether Finland should increase or decrease the use of certain energy sources (e.g. coal, peat, natural gas, nuclear power, water power, wind power, bioenergy) in electricity generation were investigated. Relating to information on the environmental impact, prices and risks of different energy sources, the respondents rated the reliability of a number information sources (e.g. government, various ministries, Greenpeace, other environmental groups, energy industries, researchers). The survey also carried a a number of statements relating to the electricity market in Finland, and the respondents were asked how close to their own views the statements were. Finally, opinions on the location of the planned new nuclear power plant were charted.

Background variables included the respondent's gender, age group, basic and vocational education, economic activity, size of municipality, region of residence, and which political party the respondent would vote for if the parliamentary elections were held at that time.

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