Three-quarters of French people say they are in favor of nuclear power, according to a poll


According to an Ifop poll carried out for the JDD, the results of which were published on September 17, 75% of those questioned say they are in favor of nuclear energy. If differences remain according to the age and the political side of the people interviewed, a majority emerges in all circumstances.

On nuclear power, it is not the end of the world that creates support, but fear for the wallet

In detail, 84% of those over 65 defend this energy, compared to 69% among those under 35. Similarly, 88% of people who say they are on the right are in favor of it, against 66% on the left. Support for nuclear would thus be the majority among the Insoumis (56%) and even among Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (53%).

A majority of French people in favor of the construction of new EPRs

The reasons for this plebiscite are clear, according to the institute: the energy crisis, which recalls on the one hand the importance of the country’s independence in this area, and on the other hand its repercussions on the cost of electricity. . According to the Ifop survey, 81% of those polled consider nuclear power “essential for the independence of France” and 67% consider it “cheap”, two majority ideas on the right as well as on the left and whatever or the age of the respondents.

On the other hand, there is a more marked difference of opinion on the future of nuclear power: while 63% of French people believe that it is an energy of the future, only 43% think so at LFI and 39% for EELV, 66% of respondents close to LFI, 68% of those close to the PS and 84% of EELV also finding it dangerous.

While Emmanuel Macron has announced that he wants to close six EPRs (European pressurized reactors) by 2030, 65% of respondents say they are in favor of building new reactors. During the last Ifop survey carried out in October 2021 on the subject, this figure was only 51%. “On nuclear, it is not the end of the world that creates support, but fear for the wallet”, analyzes Frédéric Dabi in the columns of the newspaper.


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