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Energy poll boost for renewables
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Just over half of those polled saw a future in renewable energy
More than half of adults in Scotland favour renewable energy sources like wind power to supply future needs, a survey for BBC Scotland has suggested.

Fewer respondents preferred gas and nuclear power as a long-term energy source, with coal the least favoured, the study found.

However, support for nuclear power rose when seen as a way of reducing dependence on energy imports.

The ICM research was carried out as part of BBC Scotland's Energy Week.

Of the 1007 people who responded to the survey, 52% saw renewable energy sources like wind, tidal, solar and wave power as the "preferred method of meeting future energy demands in Scotland".

The survey found that 21% preferred gas, 15% opted for nuclear and 6% saw a long-term future for coal.

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When asked if they would support or oppose nuclear power stations being built in Scotland, 51% were against with 33% in favour.

Respondents were also asked if they would support or oppose new nuclear power stations if they helped Scotland to avoid becoming dependent on imported energy.

The study found 54% were in favour of nuclear and 34% were against.

Researchers found strong opposition to the dumping of nuclear waste in Scotland, with 80% opposed and 14% in favour.

ICM Research interviewed a random sample of 1007 adults aged 18-plus by telephone from 24-28th February, 2006. Interviews were conducted across Scotland and the results have been weighted to the profile of all Scottish adults.

More results from the poll will be released this week on BBC Scotland as part of a major focus on energy.




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