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How perspectives on Nuclear Power differ by age groups

Alexandra Coleman
3/3/12
Period 7

Purpose: To determine how nuclear power effect’s the elderly opinion versus the younger age groups. Hypothesis: I hypothesize the elderly to be more opposed to nuclear energy than the younger generation.



Materials:
Survey Questions
People

Procedure:
Create a survey consisting of 8 questions or more.
Pass out the survey to every 5th person in your local area

Data:
Question 1: How much do you know about nuclear power?


Question 2: Do you think nuclear power should continue to be used in the future? 

Question 3: Would you be opposed to a nuclear power plant being put up in your local area? 

Question 4: Do you think nuclear power should be used as an alternative source of energy? 

Question 5: Do you think nuclear power is more efficient in comparison to other energy-related sources? 

Question 6: Do you believe nuclear power is more safe in the United States than other parts of the world? 

Question 7: Have recent events concerning nuclear power plants in Japan caused you to become more or less opposed to nuclear power? 

Question 8: Are you aware of the nuclear power incidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl? 

Processed Data:

 

 











Conclusion:
Overall this survey proved that although more people below the age of 50 are willing to support nuclear power or is comfortable with it being a main energy source, the idea of nuclear power being continued in the future or being used now is mostly opposed by both ages below and above 50. So in the end my hypothesis proved false because both age groups have similar outlooks on nuclear power.

Analysis:
I hypothesized that people over the age of 50 would more opposed to nuclear power rather than people below the age of 50 because they would less malleable to change and considering nuclear power failures in the past they would have a negative outlook on nuclear power in general, unlike the younger generation that is subjected to change everyday concerning technological advancements, therefore would be more amiable towards the idea of an alternative energy source.

Evaluation:
In the end both age groups (above and below the age of 50) have the same opinions on nuclear power and both agree that it should not be continued in the future and that we should find alternative sources for power. So regardless of age and knowledge people are still, to this day, have an uncertainty towards the use of nuclear power, and despite all the changes that happen everyday, the younger generation continue to have a negative outlook on nuclear power.

Nuclear Power Survey

Age:________ Sex: Male Female

1. How much do you know about nuclear power?
A lot A little None

2. Do you think nuclear power should continue to be used in the future? Yes No

3. Would you be opposed to a nuclear power plant being put up in your local area? Yes No

4. Do you think nuclear power should be used as an alternative source of energy? Yes No

5. Do you think nuclear power is more efficient in comparison to other energy-related sources? Yes No

6. Do you believe nuclear power is more safe in the United States than other parts of the world? Yes No

7. Have recent events concerning nuclear power plants in Japan caused you to become more or less opposed to nuclear power? Less More

8. Are you aware of the nuclear power incidents at Three Mile Island and...
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