AARP STUDY: NEW JERSEYANS UNWILLING TO PAY SUBSIDIES FOR PSEG NUCLEAR PLANTS

Posted at 2:30 pm December 4, 2017, in Hope Creek, Nuclear Power Plants, PSEG, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, Salem

Results released by AARP on December 4, 2017 were from a study commissioned and paid for by the organization with the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP).  These results were not accompanied by ECPIP-approved analysis. ECPIP complies with the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the National Council on Public Polls’ Principles of Disclosure, and AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative regarding release of the details of a study’s methodology and data collection procedures. Thus, full question wording, tables, and ECPIP-sanctioned analysis on the reported nuclear power plant questions are listed below.

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Analysis

New Jerseyans are not too keen on paying an additional fee proposed by PSEG to keep its two nuclear power plants in Salem and Hope Creek operational. Fifty-one percent say they are not willing at all and another 24 percent say they are not too willing to pay such a fee; 16 percent say they are somewhat willing, and just 3 percent say very willing.

Residents instead support taking some alternative measures. Six in 10 agree (33 percent “strongly,” 27 percent “somewhat”) that any subsidy should be shared not only by those who live in New Jersey but also by residents outside of the state who benefit from the electricity generated by the PSE&G nuclear plants.

And even before a subsidy is introduced, seven in 10 New Jerseyans agree (43 percent “strongly,” 26 percent “somewhat”) that an independent and public assessment should be made to determine if it is economically feasible for PSEG to continue operating the plants without it.

In general, New Jerseyans’ concern about the cost of their electricity going up is high: 34 percent are very concerned, and another 32 percent are somewhat concerned. Concern climbs even higher when residents are told about PSEG’s possible subsidy first. The Poll tested the order in which New Jerseyans were asked about their cost concern and the PSEG nuclear plants. One random half of the sample was asked about their concern first, while the other half was first asked about their willingness to pay a fee for the plants and their views on cost-sharing and an independent assessment. Those asked about their own cost concerns last – in other words, after the PSEG nuclear power plant questions – are markedly more concerned compared to those asked about their own electricity costs first. In this scenario, 47 percent say they are very concerned about the cost of electricity going up, and another 31 percent say they are somewhat concerned.

Results are from a statewide poll of 1,203 adults contacted by live callers on both landlines and cell phones from Nov. 15-27, 2017. The sample has a margin of error of +/-3.0 percentage points. Interviews were done in English and, when requested, Spanish.

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