Poll: Nuclear Power Loses Support in Calif.

Enthusiasm has dwindled since the recent disasters in Japan.

By The Associated Press
|  Thursday, Jul 28, 2011  |  Updated 7:55 AM PDT
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Poll: Nuclear Power Loses Support in Calif.

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A new poll finds that Californians' support for building more nuclear power plants has dropped since Japan's nuclear crisis last spring.

The Public Policy Institute of California survey released Wednesday says 65 percent of adults oppose more nuclear plants while less than a third are in favor.

That represents a drop of 14 percentage points among those supporting more nuclear power from the same poll a year ago. It's the lowest level of support since the institute began asking the question a decade ago.

Meanwhile, support for oil drilling off California's coast increased 12 percentage points in the last year as gasoline prices rise and memories dim of the disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The institute interviewed 2,504 California adults by telephone in six languages from July 5-19. The poll has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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