The following is an excerpt from Gallup News.
Americans are evenly split on whether nuclear energy should be a source of electricity in the U.S., with 51% in favor and 47% opposed.
Three years ago, the two camps were tied at 49%, while in 2016, the majority (54%) opposed nuclear power.
Americans' relatively limited support for nuclear energy in recent years contrasts with more solid backing from 2004 to 2015, when majorities of between 53% and 62% favored it.
The higher support for nuclear energy seen earlier this century was likely related to rising oil and gas pump prices in that period, making nuclear more appealing as an affordable alternative.
The latest results are based on Gallup's annual Environment survey, conducted March 1-18.
Rising oil prices have also been an issue this year and may explain why support is higher now than in 2016, though it is unclear why support has not yet returned to 2009-2010 levels.
President Joe Biden has advocated for nuclear power as one element of his clean energy plan to get the U.S. economy to net-zero emissions by 2050.
Despite Biden's promotion of nuclear energy, Democrats continue to be far less likely than Republicans to favor using it.
The pattern is in line with Democratic-leaning environmental groups' long-standing opposition to nuclear power; this has been focused on concerns about the environmental risks posed by nuclear waste and accidents, as well as their preference for renewable energy such as wind, solar and geothermal.
Currently, 39% of Democrats versus 60% of Republicans and 53% of independents favor nuclear energy.
The 21-percentage-point gap between Republicans and Democrats is similar to the average for the past two decades.
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