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Public Opinion About Nuclear Energy in the Context of Local Public Hearings About the Expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, South Carolina, 2008-2009

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Besley, John (University of South Carolina)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2013-10-04
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Language
English
Free Keywords
climate change; decision making; media use; nuclear energy; perceptions; public opinion; public utilities commissions; risk assessment; state government
Description
  • Abstract

    This study looked at public opinion surrounding nuclear energy in the lead up to a state-level decision about whether to accept the expansion of the Virgil C. Summer nuclear plant in Jenkinsville, SC. In the survey, respondents were asked about their feelings on nuclear power in South Carolina and the decision-makers who may be involved in the public hearing process, including perceptions of the risks and benefits of nuclear power, effectiveness and fairness of public hearings, and decision-makers' respect for the public, trustworthiness and knowledge about nuclear power. Opinions were collected on energy related issues, such as the safety of nuclear power, climate change, energy independence, energy costs, and expanding a nuclear power plant in the Midlands of South Carolina. Additionally, demographic and other information collected included race, education, age, sex, party identification, and respondents' attention to local news coverage in newspapers and television.
  • Methods

    A census tract weight was included in the data.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: Wave 1 Response Rate: 41 percent; Wave 1 Cooperation rate was 45 percent
  • Table of Contents

    Datasets:

    • DS1: Public Opinion About Nuclear Energy in the Context of Local Public Hearings About the Expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, South Carolina, 2008-2009
Temporal Coverage
  • 2008-11 / 2009-02
    Time period: 2008-11--2009-02
Geographic Coverage
  • South Carolina
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult residents of Richland, Fairfield, Newberry, Lexington, and Kershaw counties in South Carolina. Smallest Geographic Unit: ZIP code
Sampling
The sample was collected through landline phones based on a sample purchased by the survey center at the University of South Carolina.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

    The survey data includes a census weight variable, but no documentation was provided regarding how the weight was used or measured.

Note
Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (0852985).
Availability
Download
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34871 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
Relations
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34871.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-06-16 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Besley, John (2013): Public Opinion About Nuclear Energy in the Context of Local Public Hearings About the Expansion of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station, South Carolina, 2008-2009. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34871