About 71 percent of respondents support “the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity in the United States,” according to a new study.

North-America-GlobeA new poll commissioned by the nuclear industry shows that 71 percent of people in the United States support including nuclear power in the country’s energy portfolio.

The poll, commissioned by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), comes as President Obama has called for expanding the country’s reliance on nuclear power as part of a broad strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The president’s fiscal 2012 budget request set aside more than $800 million for nuclear energy research and tripled the amount of money authorized for nuclear loan guarantees.

About 71 percent of respondents said they support “the use of nuclear energy as one of the ways to provide electricity in the United States,” while 26 percent are opposed, NEI said.

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Source: Andrew Restuccia | The Hill