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PPIC Poll: State Support For Nuclear Energy Drops

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2011 2:06pm

A new poll indicates less support for nuclear energy – and more support for offshore oil drilling.

According to the P-P-I-C poll, support for new nuclear power plants in California has dropped in the wake of the Japanese nuclear crisis. 65 percent of adults oppose building new plants, while 30 percent are in favor. That’s a 14-point drop in support since last July.

The question of off-shore oil drilling has Californians more evenly split: 46 percent favor and 49 percent oppose. Support for drilling is up 12 points from a year ago. Most Californians say global warming is a serious threat and support the state’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Those surveyed also give Governor Jerry Brown a 42 percent approval rating –identical to his rating in May, despite the passage of an on-time state budget during that period. The statewide poll of about 25-hundred adults was conducted earlier this month.

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