New Survey Finds Unprecedented Leap in Support for Nuclear Energy

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The new survey found that 69 percent of Americans believe the United States should definitely build more nuclear power plants in the future - a 10 percentage point gain from April.

An unprecedented leap in public support for nuclear energy has occurred since last April, a new national survey of 1,000 adults has found.

A record-high 74 percent of Americans favor nuclear energy, with only 24 percent opposed, according to the survey. The favorability mark is 11 percentage points higher, and the unfavorability level nine percentage points lower than was the case just five months ago, according to the telephone survey conducted Sept. 18-21.

The new survey was conducted by Bisconti Research Inc. with GfK, the same researchers who conducted last April's public opinion poll. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points...

The new survey found that 69 percent of Americans believe the United States should definitely build more nuclear power plants in the future - a 10 percentage point gain from April. Three-fourths of respondents say they would find it acceptable to add a new reactor at the nearest existing nuclear power plant site - a nine-point jump from April's result.

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