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Japan Earthquake Jolts Global Views On Nuclear Energy: Findings From The Win Gallop International/Org Quest Research Ltd. Opinion Poll Survey

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JAPAN EARTHQUAKE JOLTS GLOBAL VIEWS ON NUCLEAR ENERGY:Findings from the WIN-GALLOP International/ORG QUEST Research LTD.opinion poll surveyNet favor globally falls from 25% to a mere 6%, for Bangladesh, Net favor falls from 44% to 18%. Though supporters continue to outnumber opponent by 49% : 43% globally and 52% : 34% in Bangladesh.To meet up the sky rocketing demand of electricity, Nuclear Power had gained steady public support during the last ten years. Bangladesh also decides to build a nuclear plant with the help of Russia to curb the power scarcity. But a cataclysmic change on views regarding nuclear power after the catastrophic FUKUSHIMA power plant incident, have been revealed by a survey conducted by WIN-Gallup International. The WIN-Gallop international, the world's largest and the oldest network of independent opinion pollsters carried out the survey among 47 countries. Total sample size was over 34,000 statistically selected men and women of 18+ ages. WE, ORG Quest Research Limited, conducted this survey here as a local partner of Gallup International. In Bangladesh, the survey was done in Dhaka metropolitan City, Chittagong Metropolitan City and khulna Metropolitan City. The numbers of respondents were set at 940 adults (18+) male and female of Bangladeshi inhabitants based on scientific statistical estimation. The survey was quantitative in nature, interviewed at household level and survey period was March 18-April 02, 2011.The respondents were asked their views about Nuclear Energy as of today and the view they held prior to the Earthquake in Japan. As of the current survey, 52% say they hold favorable views about Nuclear Energy, however these supporters are pitted against 34% who say they hold unfavorable views, thus netting a NET FAVOR (favorable minus Un-favorable) of 18%. Globally this NET FAVOR is 6%.When the same group was asked: What was your view prior to Japan Earthquake, their responses added up to 65% favorable; 21% unfavorable netting to a NET FAVOR of 44% and globally this NET FAVOR stood at 25%.The following graph depict the scenario more clearly :-The sharpest fall in support comes from Japan itself where Net Favor fell by 41%: from 34% prior to the Earthquake to minus 7% in the aftermath of the earthquake and Tsunami which damaged Japanese nuclear power plants at Fukushima.Commenting on this, an expert at WIN-Gallup International says: The nuclear debate is likely to heat up. The Fukushima Tsunami happened less than five weeks ago and the leakage question is still simmering. It is likely that as things cool down the Pros of Nuclear Energy will feel compelled to promote their case in order to mitigate the damage in public opinion support. It is a resourceful industry, besides the fact that it can make a strong case for being more environmentally friendly and less of a threat to climate change compared to competing fossil fuel energy sources. On the other hand the opponents of nuclear energy will increasingly focus...

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