Majority in US Oppose Nuclear Power, Poll Says

 Majority in US Oppose Nuclear Power, Poll Says

A majority of people in the U.S. oppose nuclear energy as a way to produce electricity, according to a new Gallup poll.
The poll shows 54 percent of Americans are against nuclear energy, up from 43 percent when the same question was asked in 2015. Those who are for nuclear energy are down to 44 percent from 51 percent last year. In 2011, Gallup conducted the poll a few days before the Fukushima disaster in Japan. At that time, 57 percent were in favor of nuclear energy. When the question was asked the following year, the results were the same. Favorability was the highest in 2010, when 62 percent of respondents said they were for nuclear.
There have not been any major incidents since 2011, which suggests the increase of those against nuclear may have to do with a perceived abundance of energy sources and low gas prices rather than safety concerns, Gallup said.
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