A Gallup poll shows 57% of Americans favor its continued use
A poll published by the Gallup organization shows that a majority of Americans continue to favor the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity for the U.S. According to the poll, the 57% who favor nuclear power this year is identical to the percentage measured in early March 2011 just before the Fukushima accident.
The data come from Gallup’s annual environmental survey, conducted March 8-11, 2012. The history of the poll’s results are that when it was first taken in 1994, exactly the same percentage felt positive about nuclear energy. They also felt it was safe. The highest number, 62% ,occurred in 2010 and the lowest, 46%, in 2001.
The Gallup organization said in its report the extensive news coverage of the Fukushima crisis does not appear to have had a long-term effect on Americans’ attitudes about nuclear energy. Although there may have been a short-term shift in perspectives, the Gallup report notes that attitudes now are almost identical to where they were before March 11, 2011.
Other highlights of the report include
- Men and women have sharply different views of nuclear energy with men favoring it by 72% to 27% but 51% of women oppose it with just 42% in favor.
- Republicans favor nuclear energy with 65% in favor but Democrats are split with only 50% in favor.
- Age wise persons age 18-49 favor it by 53% and those 50 and older by 61%.
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