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Field Poll: Support For Nuclear Power Drops

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:55am

A new Field Poll is out … and it shows that Californians are a lot more skeptical about nuclear power in California in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The results are probably not surprising. The Field Poll has been tracking attitudes about nuclear energy in California for 30 years. Support took a dip following the Three Mile Island accident as well as after the disaster at Chernobyl. The poll released Wednesday finds that 58 percent of Californians are opposed to building new plants. This represents a big drop from last year when a plurality of Californians favored new construction.

One piece of good news for the owners of the two existing plants in California: 56 percent of respondents believe those plants remain safe. Despite that sentiment, several California legislators along with the California Energy commission have recently cited concerns about seismic safety, particularly around PG&E’s Diablo Canyon nuclear plant.

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