The Influence of Specific Risk Perceptions on Public Policy Support Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2015 by The American Academy of Political and Social Science. A great deal of research has been dedicated to understanding the relationship of public preferences to public policy. Much of this literature, though, does not account for risk perception, an important characteristic that affects individuals’ preferences. In terms of policy, those who perceive high risk in association with a particular issue should be more likely to oppose policies that would increase that risk, and, conversely, support policies that would decrease this risk. In this article, we examine the role of specific risk perceptions related to nuclear, coal, and renewable sources of energy on related policy preferences. Controlling for the influence of knowledge and several specific attitudinal indicators, we find that risk perceptions are strong predictors of energy policy preferences.

altmetric score

  • 2.2

author list (cited authors)

  • Stoutenborough, J. W., Vedlitz, A., & Liu, X.

citation count

  • 31

publication date

  • February 2015