Poll: Most Japanese favor break with nuclear power

March 18, 2012 - 3:05 AM

TOKYO (AP) — A new poll suggests that most Japanese favor phasing out nuclear power following last year's tsunami-generated crisis.

The poll, released Sunday by the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper, found that 43.7 percent of respondents believe Japan should gradually reduce its dependence on nuclear power and eventually do away with atomic energy altogether. Another 35.9 percent agreed with that position more than they disagreed with it.

Only 4.5 percent backed a nuclear future, with 12 percent saying they leaned toward supporting nuclear power.

The poll of 3,000 adults was conducted last week. The newspaper did not specify the survey's margin of error.

Japan relied on nuclear for one-third of its electricity before the earthquake and tsunami. All but two of its 54 reactors are shut down for inspection or maintenance.