The following story originally appeared in NEI’s Nuclear Energy Overview.
More than half of Americans support nuclear energy, the same as before the accident at Fukushima Daiichi, according to a new Gallup poll.
Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they favored nuclear energy, identical to the result of a Gallup survey completed just before the accident in Japan.
“Although attitudes may have shifted in the immediate aftermath of last year’s incident, attitudes now are almost identical to those measured in last year’s pre-disaster survey,” Gallup said in a press release.
The poll found men to be more supportive of nuclear energy than women. Seventy-two percent of men favor it, compared with 42 percent of women. There were similar responses to a question the safety of nuclear energy: 72 percent of men said it is safe, while 43 percent of women agreed.
There also were differences along party lines. Half of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents favor nuclear energy versus 65 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.
Gallup’s annual environmental issues poll has consistently found overall support for nuclear energy in the mid-to-high 50 percent range since at least 1994, with favorability up to 62 percent in 2010.
The Gallup results were based on telephone interviews March 8-11 with a random sample of 1,024 U.S. adults aged 18 and older. The sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.
A link to the poll and the survey methods used can be found here.