Published on 03 Nov 2021

Study finds public support for nuclear energy in Southeast Asia generally low

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An NTU Singapore study has found through surveys that in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand, more than half of the respondents in every country were against the idea of nuclear energy development. Based on its surveys, the study found that about one in five (22 percent) of those surveyed in Singapore were in favour of nuclear energy development. The level of public support in the other four countries surveyed ranged from 3 percent to 39 percent. The NTU scientists also found that the respondents tended to use “cognitive shortcuts” such as risk and benefit perception (an individual’s belief in the threat or benefits of nuclear energy), religious beliefs, and trust in various entities such as university scientists, business leaders, and the government to aid their decision on their level of support for nuclear energy development. With the five countries surveyed in this NTU study geographically close to each other, having a nuclear power plant in any of the five Southeast Asian countries will impact the others, said Prof Shirley Ho, who led the study.