Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide think it’s likely nuclear power plants could be developed to operate in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 43% disagree and consider it unlikely.
Those figures include 22% who believe it is Very Likely and 10% who say Not at All Likely.
Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans think it’s likely nuclear power plants can be safely developed. That view is shared by 54% of Democrats and 48% of Independent voters (see crosstab results).
When asked if the United States should build more nuclear power plants to generate the energy we need, 28% say yes and 47% no.
However, half the sample was reminded that nuclear power would reduce our reliance upon fossil fuels. Among those respondents, 35% favored building new plants while 44% disagree.
The large number of undecideds and the fact that a single wording change appears to produce different results suggests that public opinion is far from fully formed on this issue.
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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted September 5-6, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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