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Oregonians Split On Nuclear Power, Not Concerned About Radiation From Japan

Oregonians are evenly split in their support for nuclear energy.  And a new statewide poll shows that hasn’t changed with Japan’s nuclear plant failures.

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In a telephone survey of 500 Oregon residents conducted last week by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, 47 percent of respondents said they support nuclear energy as a power source for the state. 46 percent oppose it.

John Horvick, with Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall, said Oregon’s divide over nuclear energy hasn’t changed since his company conducted the same poll last year. But he says the percentage of those who strongly oppose nuclear energy jumped from 21 percent last year to 32 percent in last week’s poll.

John Horvick: “The overall opposition and support held steady. We haven’t seen a real decline in support of nuclear energy use as a state overall. But I think it is right to say those folks who are opposed, a group of them, it solidified their opposition and caused them to become more strongly opposed.”

The poll also found most Oregonians — 63 percent of respondents — aren’t concerned about negative health effects from Japan’s nuclear plant failures. 

Respondents were collected at random by digit dialing, and the poll has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

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