Fukushima moved people’s feelings about nuclear

The accident at the japanese nuclear plant in Fukushima has radically and dramatically shifted the sentiment of people about nuclear.

A survey carried out by Ipsos found out that more than one quarter of people who oppose nuclear energy today were actually influenced in their opinion by the accident at Fukushima-Daiichi in Japan. That is, they changed their mind, turning against nuclear energy.

The survey was carried out in 24 countries in the month of May, two months after the beginning of the nuclear crisis in Japan as a consequence of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

As for the poll results, the survey indicates that events at Fukushima-Daiichi had the greatest influence in Asia. In South Korea, 66 percent of those against nuclear energy said they decided to oppose nuclear because of events in Japan. China, India and Japan shared roughly the same percentages (52, 50 and 52 again, respectively).

Respondents in Swedenscored at the other end of the rankings, with 10 percent of those against nuclear energy saying their opposition is based on the events in Japan. In  Poland the figure was 16 percent. 

The survey shows four in 10 support nuclear as a method of electricity production, but this was lower than other forms of production such as solar power, which was supported by 97 percent and wind power (93 percent). 

In India, Poland and the US more than half of the respondents supported nuclear energy. In India, 61 percent either “strongly supported” or “somewhat supported” nuclear. In Poland it was 57 percent and in the US 52 percent. The countries with least support for nuclear were Germany (21 percent), Italy (19 percent) and Mexico (18 percent). 

Only Poland (52 percent) showed majority support for continued nuclear new-build. In India support was 49 percent, in the US 44 percent and in the UK 43 percent. 

Support for new build was lowest in Italy (17 percent), Germany (15 percent), Mexico (13 percent) and Brazil (11 percent). 

The survey was conducted in the following countries. Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, UK, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the US. 


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