Graph of the Day: Women prefer solar, old men like nuclear | RenewEconomy

Graph of the Day: Women prefer solar, old men like nuclear

Solar and wind voted Australia’s favourite energy sources – coal and nuclear least favourite. And only 9% want renewable target to be diluted.


Today’s graph of the day comes courtesy of The Climate Institute, and its new publication, Climate of the Nation. The results are from a poll of 1,009 Australians (over 18) taken in the first week of June.

Solar and wind are by far the most popular, and wind gained the most support from the previous year, jumping from 59 per cent to 67 per cent. Coal and nuclear were the least popular, with nuclear falling from 20 per cent to 13 per cent. No fossil fuel gained more than 28 per cent approval, and geothermal and ocean energy have yet to capture the imagination.

But while this graph is self explanatory, there were some interesting findings along gender lines.


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The Climate Institute said the poll found that solar and wind were both more popular among women than men. Indeed 93 per cent of women voted for solar among their top three preferred energy sources, compared to 80 per cent of men. A similar difference was detected in wind, which attracted 73 per cent support from woman and 60 per cent support from men.

The other big variation along gender lines was for nuclear, which got a vote from 22 per cent of men and just 5 per cent of women. Nuclear gained most approval among older men, but not at all by the younger generation.

Geothermal energy also seemed to be a man-thing, with 28 per cent of men nominating the technology, but only 19 per cent of women.

Wind energy, incidentally, was more popular in regional areas (70 per cent) than it was in the cities (65 per cent).

The other interesting graph was this one below, which will come as a crushing disappointment to the Coalition hardliners who think that a campaign against renewable energy sources might be a popular thing. Nearly half of those surveyed reckoned the renewable energy target should be higher than its current minimum level of 20 per cent, a further 29 per cent believed the target was about right and only 9 per cent thought it should be lower.

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  1. suthnsun 7 years ago

    The results ‘feel’ about right but I have no idea what ‘popular’ means. I guess it would be informative to know precisely what question(s) was asked.

  2. Professor Ray Wills 7 years ago

    Looks like I need to go out and pick up a frock (I prefer solar)

  3. Leo Gutson 7 years ago

    I prefer bioenergy 😉

  4. Martin Nicholson 7 years ago

    But now you are being sexist Giles! Perhaps the older men are wiser than the rest …

    Are you coming to the ATSE nuclear conference in Sydney next week?

    • Giles 7 years ago

      Hadn’t received an invitation, and committed to going to Clean Energy Week. Perhaps the nuclear industry has a stand there? In the meantime, sharing the delights of the northern rivers.

    • wideEyedPupil 7 years ago

      I think that comment suggests the sexism is entirely your legacy, Martin 🙂

  5. Steven 7 years ago

    I believe it was ANSTO that sabotaged a poll, turning a “No” to nuclear power into a ‘Yes.”

    ANSTO’S deception would not please the thousands of sickened radiological
    workers (and families of the deceased) in the US who have been diagnosed with a
    radiation cancer.

    As of October 2012 more than $8.2 billion in compensation had been paid to the
    hapless workers who were dazzled by faux science and utilised as lab rats for
    the atomic behemoth.

    Funny that 9 of 10 of the world’s largest CO2 polluters are nuclear states.

    Now former US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko says the
    current fleet of operating plants in the US should be phased out because
    regulators can’t guarantee against an accident causing widespread land

    Meanwhile OTC reactors continue to suck up and injure or kill billions of
    marine life annually while the industry pouts about proposed nuclear reforms:

    The tired old US nuclear fleet is leaking like a sieve yet 40 year operating
    licences are extended to 60 years which is merely part of the nuclear
    industry’s risky downward spiral. Never-the-less, nuclear proponents continue to
    chatter about the wonders of commercially non-existent Gen IV technology while
    the planet cooks and Ma Nature plots her next catastrophic revenge.

  6. Couponbook Gaming 7 years ago

    this is why i say women love peace than men. most men are corrupted as fuck. do you know that radiation attacks especially women and babies????

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