Problems in Public Understanding

  • Bernard L. Cohen


How well does the American public understand the hazards of nuclear power? A poll of radiation health scientists* shows that 82% of them feel that the public’s fear of radiation is “substantially” or “grossly” exaggerated. Another poll* shows that 89% of all scientists, and 95% of all scientists involved in energy-related fields, favor proceeding with the development of nuclear power; among the public there is only a slight majority in favor.


Public Opinion Acid Rain Nuclear Energy Public Understanding Highway Safety 
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