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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

"Canadians Are Cautious About Revamping Nuclear Power Use," Angus Reid Forum Newsflash, June 24, 2008.

Half of respondents want to build more reactors, but the vast majority express concern over safety issues and environmental impact.

Canadians appear to hold conflicting views on nuclear energy, mainly because of reservations over safety. In the online survey of a representative national sample, 50 per cent of respondents are in favour of building more nuclear power stations in Canada-although only 19 per cent express strong support. More than a third of respondents (36%) are opposed to this idea. Canadians are not quite ready to accept a full shift towards nuclear energy. While 42 per cent of respondents think Canada should further pursue its nuclear capabilities in order to reduce toxic emissions that are the norm in the energy-producing industry, 40 per cent say the country should completely avoid nuclear energy and focus on developing other carbon-free sources of power instead.

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