Poll: Slight majority of Americans back nuclear

 Poll: Slight majority of Americans back nuclear

A slight majority of Americans say they favor nuclear energy to generate electricity in the U.S., compared to 43 percent who oppose it, according to a new Gallup poll.
The latest result comes from Gallup’s annual Environment poll, which was conducted from March 5-8. While current support is on the low end of results in the past 20 years, a 46 percent result in 2001 was the lowest ranking for nuclear. The current level of support is similar to results from a 2013 Gallup poll.
In the same poll, 35 percent of respondents say the U.S. should put more emphasis on nuclear, while one-third think less emphasis should be made and 28 percent think it should remain as it is now. A majority thinks solar (79 percent), wind (70 percent) and natural gas (55 percent) should be the focus. Only 28 percent of respondents thought the emphasis should be on coal.
Party lines do not differ much in preferred generating sources. Those who identified as Republican want more emphasis on solar, natural gas and wind, while Democrats said they want more emphasis on solar, wind and natural gas. Forty-seven percent of Republicans want more emphasis on nuclear, while 24 percent of Democrats want more emphasis.
For more on the poll, click here.
Bisconti Research and Quest Global Research for the Nuclear Energy Institute released a recent report that said 68 percent of those surveyed favor the use of nuclear for electricity generation in the U.S., compared to 63 percent in a similar survey conducted in 2014.
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