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Sixty-three percent of US adults favor the use of nuclear power as one of the country's sources of electricity and 34% oppose it, a slight decline from support expressed in September, according to a poll conducted by Bisconti Research and Quest Global Research for the Nuclear Energy Institute and released Wednesday.

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The industry group's release did not discuss possible reasons for differences from the results reported in September.

In a previous poll conducted by Bisconti and GfK Roper for NEI in September, 69% of respondents favored nuclear power and 29% opposed it. A February 2013 poll found that 68% favored nuclear power and 29% opposed it.

NEI said 70% of respondents in the latest poll agreed that nuclear power plants operating in the US are "safe and secure," down from 77% in the September poll.

Also, 72% of the respondents said "electric companies should prepare now so that new nuclear power plants could be built if needed in the next decade," NEI said, down from 75% in the September poll.

The firms conducted telephone interviews of a "nationally representative sample" of 1,000 US adults March 6-21, NEI said. The survey's margin of error was plus or minus three percentage points.

NEI will post the full poll results on their website at

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