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New poll reflects growing support for nuclear power

U.S. support for nuclear power has reached the highest level in a decade, according to a new Gallup survey released last month.

Fifty-five percent of American adults now support the use of nuclear power—“that’s up four percentage points from last year and reflects the highest level of public support for nuclear energy use in electricity since 2012,” writes Akielly Hu, a news and politics fellow with Grist.

With growing bipartisan support and advances in nuclear technologies, more Americans are in favor of using nuclear power to achieve grid stability while rapidly decarbonizing the economy.

“In a recent report, the Department of Energy found that regardless of how many renewables are deployed, the U.S. will need an additional 200 gigawatts of advanced nuclear power — enough to power about 160 million homes — to reach President Joe Biden’s goal of hitting net-zero emissions by 2050,” writes Hu.

The poll found that 62 percent of Republicans were in favor of using nuclear energy, compared to 46 percent of Democrats — a 7 percent jump from 39 percent in 2022.

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