Education is a significant predictor of risk perception and attitudes towards those phenomena


This study of Whitfield and colleagues (Whitfield et al., 2009 - see source document for full reference) showed very complex interrelations between the investigated variables. For example, gender and race did not directly influence attitudes toward nuclear power, but they did influence the level of trust in authorities, which was shown to influence those attitudes. Also, education turned out to be a significant predictor of perceived nuclear risk, which affected the level of support for nuclear power. Even though authors of this study did not attempt to explain those interrelations, the study clearly indicates the complexity of perceived nuclear risk and attitudes toward nuclear power, which has to be taken into account when discussing single factors influencing those phenomena.

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