The nuclear crisis in Japan has had its impact on U.S. public opinion about construction of nuclear power plants here, with 47 percent now in opposition to building more plants compared to 44 percent who favor doing so, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted March 15. Nine percent were undecided.
Prior to the Japan disaster, a large majority of Americans supported the construction of nuclear power plants, peaking at 62 percent last year, and slipping only slightly to 57 percent in Gallup's last pre-crisis survey in early March.
Seventy percent of those surveyed said they now were a lot or a little more concerned about the prospects of a nuclear disaster in the U.S., with 39 percent saying they were "a lot more concerned." Twenty-seven percent said they were not more concerned.
Despite the noticeable drop in support for construction of nuclear plants in the latest poll, Gallup said, "It is not clear, however, what long-term impact the Japanese incident will have on Americans' support for nuclear power, which has been consistently above a majority and higher than it was a decade ago."
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