The research was carried out by Bird, etal., (2014) in Australia. In this study, data were collected byan online company that specializes in online data collection .Survey Sampling International (SSI). Respondentswere gotten by the use of email and were selected at random and maximumdiversity was ensured.
The survey was conducted in April 2010 before Fukushimaaccident and February 2012 after Fukushima accident. The survey whichspecifically targeted people of ages 18 and above in both urban and rural area allover Australia, totaling 1085 respondents for 2010 and 1101 for 2012. A totalof 40 closed questions like ( Opinions on the use of various energy sources tohelp combat climate change) among others were included in the 2010 survey . In a way for it not to look as if the respondents werebeing lead , the opinion on the use ofvarious energy sources to help combat climate change was not the first questions on the questionnaire.In 2012, the same questions were asked so as to be able tocompare and identify changes in peoples view.
There were also two additional question at the end of the 2012 survey .In both surveyparticipants had the option (other) so that responses cannot be limited. Aone-way z-test for comparing size was used to test for statistically significant differences between the 2010 and 2012 survey results. The outcome wasthat while the greater part of respondents (73.
1% in 2012) are of opinion thatthe world’s climate is changing. The amount of persons who were moderately or extremelydisturbed about climate change recorded a significant decrease (P= 0.0004).Theincrease (P= 0.0114 ) in the amount of persons who don’t think the climate is changing was extremelysignificant.
The results show ahighly significant difference in responses between 2010and 2012 of nuclear power as it relate to climate change. In the case of 2012,a fewer persons(P= 0.0001 ) were preparedto embrace nuclear power on the conditionthat it will proffer solution to climatechange.