A Comparative Study of Public Beliefs about Five Energy Systems

Thomas, K., Maurer, D., Fishbein, M., Otway, H.J., Hinkle, R., & Simpson, D. (1980). A Comparative Study of Public Beliefs about Five Energy Systems. IIASA Research Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RR-80-015

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The risks associated with alternative energy systems and public perceptions of these risks, have become important constraints in the selection of energy strategies. This Research Report presents results of an application of an attitude-measurement methodology which explores the beliefs held by the public with respect to five alternative energy sources. Emphasis is given to a differential analysis of the belief systems of those subgroups most in favor of (PRO) and those against (CON) the use of nuclear energy. Results specific to public attitudes toward the use of nuclear energy have been published (Otway and Fishbein 1977) and an earlier pilot study on this same topic was reported (Otway and Fishbein 1976). An analysis of the determinants of voting behavior in a public referendum on nuclear energy has also been presented (Bowman et al. 1978).

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Research Report)
Research Programs: Energy Program (ENP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:47
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:09
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/1249

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