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Survey: Many Americans Still In Favor of Nuclear Power

The nuclear power industry might be coming under close scrutiny because of the ongoing problems at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, but a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay have found that Americans haven’t changed their outlook about nuclear power plants and nuclear energy.

The poll found that 41 percent of participants are in favor of building  nuclear power plants here in the U.S. while 39 percent were opposed. (Another bit of NIMBYism, eh?) Three years ago, 49 percent of respondents were in favor.

The study also found that 73 percent of respondents think nuclear waste disposal is a problem, 55 percent think nuclear power is necessary because it doesn’t contribute to climate change like other energy resources, and 29 percent think that nuclear plants are “very safe.”

Harris Interactive polled 2,090 adults over the age of 18 between March 23 and 25.

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