United States: Poll Shows Americans Believe Nuclear Power Plants are "Somewhat Safe"
Of the 2,090 adults polled between March 23-25, 2011, the majority (34%) feel that nuclear power generation is somewhat safe. This number reflects a slight increase from a 2008 poll.
When asked if "the type of accidents that have happened to the nuclear power plants in Japan could happen in the US," 73% either somewhat agreed (39%) or strongly agreed (34%).
Though President Obama continues to assure that U.S. nuclear power is safe and that he will continue to support building the "next generation" of nuclear power plants, the poll discovered a country split in opinion on such a decision. According to Harris Interactive, 41% agree with the President and support new nuclear power plants, while 39% do not.
One factor that remains clear is there are more questions to be answered when it comes to the safety of nuclear power generation.
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