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TEXAS REGIONAL NUCLEAR ENERGY SURVEY April 28-30, 2008 N = 601 respondents margin of error: + 4.1% 1 Introduction and Screeners 2 General & Specific Issues (Q1-Q2,Q4) 3 Initial Position (Q3) 4 Impact of Specific Information (Q5-Q11) 5 Informed Position (Q12) 6 Demographics

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TEXAS REGIONAL NUCLEAR ENERGY SURVEY

April 28-30, 2008

N = 601 respondents

margin of error: + 4.1%

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1

Introduction and Screeners

2

General & Specific Issues (Q1-Q2,Q4)

3

Initial Position (Q3)

4

Impact of Specific Information (Q5-Q11)

5

Informed Position (Q12)

6

Demographics

QUESTIONNAIRE FORMAT

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Feb: 23% N. Periphery Apr: 31% N. Victoria

Feb: 35% Victoria 77901 Apr: 40% Victoria 77901

Feb: 15% Remainder of EPZ Apr: 20% S. Victoria

Feb: 9% S/W Periphery Apr: 8% Refugio

COMPARISON OF RESPONDENT DISTRIBUTION

77963

77905

77978

77979

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In which school district do you reside?

Feb: 55% Victoria ISD n=329

Apr: 66% Victoria ISD n=395

Feb: 8% Unsure n=47 Apr: 12% Unsure n=74

Feb: 22% Other ISDs n=132 Apr: 22% Other ISDs n=132

Refugio ISD

Feb: 15% Calhoun ISD n=93 Apr: 0% Calhoun ISD n=0

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1

To measure awareness of a proposed nuclear power plant.

2

To assess support for building a nuclear power plant in South Victoria County.

To measure the impact of attitudinal and informative statements on support / opposition to building a nuclear power plant.

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OBJECTIVES

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17%

Infrastructure

8%

Social Issues

12%

Jobs / wages

10%

Taxes / Economic

14%

Crime Control

8%

Amenities

13%

Education

5%

Improved Government

1%

Stores / restaurant

2%

Other

3%

Nothing

8%

Unsure

WHAT COMMUNITY NEEDS

Q1X. In your own words, what is the most important thing you think your community needs?

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21%

Infrastructure

17%

Social Issues

10%

Taxes / Economic

10%

Education

7%

Amenities

7%

Jobs / wages

5%

Improved Government

1%

Stores / restaurant

1%

Area plants

3%

Other

8%

Nothing

10%

Unsure

WHAT COMMUNITY NEEDS

Q1Y. In your own words, what is the one thing about your community you would change if you could?

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We have too much water

1%

We have about the right amount of water to meet our needs

70%

We do not have enough water

23%

Neither / other

2%

4%

Unsure / refused

VIEWPOINT ON WATER SUPPLY

Q4. which of the following viewpoints regarding local water supplies comes closest to your own?

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Q15. Do you plan on living in this community five years from now?

Less than 10 years

Yes / probably

13%

92%

19%

10 to 24 years

No / doubt it

4%

26%

25 to 39 years

16%

40 to 49 years

Depends

2%

25%

50 or more years

Unsure / refused

1%

1%

Unsure / refused

WHERE YOU LIVE AND HOW LONG

Q14. How many years have you lived in this community?

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87%

13%

No

Yes

SEEN, READ OR HEARD ABOUT POWER PLANT

Q2. Have you seen, read or heard anything recently about a proposed nuclear power plant that would generate electricity to be constructed about 15 miles south of downtown Victoria and just to the east of Highway 77?

95% Male 55+

91% 65 or older

79% Under 45

77% Female <55

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INITIAL POSITION ON PROPOSED POWER PLANT

52%

21%

Somewhat

27%

31%

7%

20%

Somewhat

Strongly

21%

Strongly

Favor

Unsure / refused

Oppose

Q3. Do you favor or oppose a nuclear power plant that generates electricity to be constructed about 15 miles south of downtown Victoria and just to the east of Highway 77?

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18%

5%

2%

Economical

Need the energy

Other

WHY FAVOR PROPOSED POWER PLANT

Q3A. And in your own words, please tell me why you favor the building of a nuclear power plant about 15 miles south of downtown Victoria and just to the east of Highway 77?

4%

2%

Clean / Environmental

Safe / efficient

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WHY OPPOSE PROPOSED POWER PLANT

Q3B. And in your own words, please tell me why you oppose the building of a nuclear power plant about 15 miles from downtown Victoria and just to the east of Highway 77?

15%

4%

3%

2%

1%

1%

Unsafe / concerns

Bad for environment

Changes community

Not needed / already have

Bad idea / don’t like

Other

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67%

25%

Somewhat

27%

41%

Strongly

8%

Somewhat

6%

19%

Strongly

Favor

Unsure / refused

Oppose

INFORMED POSITION ON PROPOSED POWER PLANT

Q12. Having heard more about it, do you favor or oppose a nuclear power plant that generates electricity to be constructed about fifteen miles south of downtown Victoria and just to the east of Highway 77?

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52%

67%

51%

Favor

Stayed

in Favor

Favor

16%

Switched to favor

20%

Undecided

6%

Undecided

5%

Switched

to oppose

22%

27%

27%

Stayed Opposed

Oppose

Oppose

Q.3

Initial Position

Q.12

Informed Position

COMPARISON OF INITIAL & INFORMED POSITIONS

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Q10.

A nuclear power plant would generate millions of dollars in economic activity for local communities, including the creation of jobs with higher than average wages and tax revenues that help pay for local services.

+59%

77%

18%

5%

Q5.

As with other nuclear power plants, this plant will have automatic, multiple and redundant back-up safety systems where if one segment of the plant fails or is not operating properly, then there will be one or more back-up safety systems in place to takeover.

+58%

76%

18%

6%

Q6.

If necessary to fix, replace, inspect or stop operations in any part of the plant, the entire nuclear power plant can be shut down in less than five seconds.

+57%

75%

18%

7%

No Difference / Unsure

Favor

Oppose

INFORMATIVE STATEMENTS I

Net Impact

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Q7.

According to OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the nuclear power industry has one of the best worker safety records of all industries, even better than the insurance industry.

+49%

71%

21%

8%

Q8.

A five thousand acre lake would be built without using any taxpayer dollars, but rather with private dollars, next to the nuclear power plant to provide the water necessary to cool the nuclear reactor.

+44%

68%

23%

9%

Q9.

The proposed nuclear power plant would actually increase the amount of surface water in Victoria County with the building of a five thousand acre lake still leaving enough water to flow into Refugio County and San Antonio Bay.

+38%

64%

26%

11%

Q11.

The by-product of a nuclear powered

generation plant is spent radioactive fuel that remains at the plant site for years before it might be stored somewhere else or recycled.

-6%

42%

48%

10%

INFORMATIVE STATEMENTS II

Net Impact

No Difference / Unsure

Favor

Oppose

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A nuclear power plant is a good idea because it increases energy without carbon emissions, generates jobs and tax revenues, and uses available water from its own lake.

A nuclear power plant is a bad idea because it uses too much water and raises safety concerns

66%

26%

6%

3%

Good idea

Bad idea

Some of both

Unsure / refused

VIEWPOINT ON NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

Q13. Which viewpoint comes closest to your own?

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