* 63 pct Britons support nuclear as part of energy mix
* Wind support, climate change interest fall
LONDON, July 2 The percentage of Britons who
support nuclear power as part of the country's energy mix has
risen, a YouGov poll showed on Monday, 16 months after Japan's
Fukushima disaster fuelled opposition to the atomic fuel.
One day after Japan restarted its first nuclear plant amid
public opposition, a nuclear company-sponsored poll showed
growing support for the fuel on the other side of the world in
Britain, where it is seen as a necessary technology to cut
In the poll, 63 percent of respondents agreed that nuclear
generation should be part of the country's energy mix, up from
61 percent in June 2010, while opposing voices fell to 11
percent from 15 percent last year, YouGov said.
"I'm encouraged to see that nuclear has bounced back after
Fukushima and is supported by a larger majority than a year
ago," said Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of nuclear power
producer EDF Energy, who commissioned the poll.
EDF Energy wants to build four nuclear reactors at sites in
The poll said half of Britain's population supports
construction of new nuclear plants, compared with 46 percent in
Support for wind power faded on the other hand, with those
in favour of onshore wind farms falling 7 percentage points in
one year to 57 percent.
The percentage of people supporting offshore wind farms also
dropped, sliding 6 percentage points to 68 percent. Four years
ago the study reflected an 82 percent support for offshore wind.
The decline in support for renewable energy goes hand in
hand with lower interest in climate change.
The YouGov poll showed only 59 percent of Britons were
interested in the subject, compared with 72 percent four years
"Nuclear and renewables are both needed to fill the energy
gap and meet the country's carbon reduction targets. While the
decline in interest on climate change is worrying, the issue
remains and needs to be addressed," de Rivaz said.
(Reporting by Karolin Schaps, editing by Jane Baird)