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Asahi Shimbun mail-in opinion poll & results – Views on nuclear power

Questions & answers (%)

(Figures are rounded off. Some questions and answers have been omitted. Unless otherwise indicated, questions were multiple-choice questions that asked the respondent to select one response from a list of choices.)

 

Q: Are you in favor of or opposed to the use of nuclear power?

 

In favor

29

Opposed

57

 

Q: How do you think Japan should handle nuclear power generation going forward?

 

Should immediately eliminate all nuclear power generation

9

Should eliminate all nuclear power generation in the near future

62

Should not eliminate nuclear power generation

21

 

Q: How much do you trust the government’s measures to ensure the safety of nuclear power generation?

 

Trust very much

2

Trust somewhat

34

Don’t trust very much

44

Don’t trust at all

18

 

Q: Do you think that nuclear power generation compares with other forms of power generation in terms of cost?

 

Nuclear power generation is less expensive than other forms of power generation

28

More expensive

50

 

Q: Some say that “nuclear power generation helps prevent global warming.” Are you persuaded by this view?

 

Yes

28

No

55

 

Q: Do you approve of the government’s handling to date of the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant?

 

Yes

20

No

67

 

Q: The government plans to take the contaminated water in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, process it to remove most of the radioactive substances, dilute it to national standards, and then release it into the ocean. Do you approve of this?

 

Yes

32

No

55

 

Q: How concerned are you that the release of the processed water into the ocean will tarnish the reputation of fisheries products?

 

Very concerned

42

Somewhat concerned

44

Not very concerned

9

Not concerned at all

2

 

Polling methodology: The survey was implemented by sending questionnaires by postal mail to a total of 3,000 persons chosen from among the nation’s voting population on a stratified two-stage random sampling basis. A total of 337 voting blocs were selected so as to represent the nation’s electorate at large, and nine persons were picked on average from each voting bloc’s register. The questionnaires were sent out on Nov. 11 and were completed and sent back by a total of 2,167 persons by Dec. 21. Valid answers were received from 2,126 persons, excluding answer sheets with many questions left blank and answer sheets filled out by those not subject to the survey. The retrieval rate was 71%. Composition – Gender: Men, 45%; women, 54%; gender not indicated, 1%. Age: Ages 18–19, 1%; 20s, 8%; 30s, 11%; 40s, 16%; 50s, 17%; 60s, 18%; 70s, 18%; age 80 and over, 11%.

 

(Questions on COVID-19 have been abridged.)

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