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57% oppose Kyushu nuclear plant's reactivation: Mainichi poll

The Sendai Nuclear Power Plant is pictured in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in this May 19, 2015 file photo. (Mainichi)

Opposition to reactivation of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kagoshima Prefecture totaled 57 percent in a new Mainichi Shimbun public poll, while only 30 percent supported activating the plant again.

    The poll was conducted on Aug. 8 and 9. In a January Mainichi Shimbun poll, some 54 percent were opposed and 36 percent in favor.

    Meanwhile, support for the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was 32 percent, down three points from a July poll. Opposition to Abe also fell by two points to 49 percent. The support level was the lowest yet on any Mainichi Shimbun poll since the start of the second Abe administration in December 2012, and among female voters, the administration's support level was only 26 percent. The largest reason for both support and opposition to the administration was its policies, with 27 percent in favor of the Abe Cabinet's policies against 61 percent who oppose them.

    The largest group of poll respondents, 38 percent, said they supported no particular party. Next in popularity was the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) at 28 percent, followed by the Democratic Party of Japan at 9 percent, the Japan Innovation Party at 6 percent, Komeito at 4 percent, the Japanese Communist Party at 4 percent, and others with lower levels.

    Among supporters of the Abe Cabinet, 47 percent supported the plant's reactivation, compared to 38 percent who were against it. Among those opposed to the administration, 74 percent opposed reactivation of the plant, while only 18 percent were in favor of it.

    Looking at supporters of the LDP, 47 percent were in favor of reactivation of the Sendai plant, while 39 percent were opposed. Among those who supported no party, 26 percent were in favor of reactivation and 62 opposed it.

    Among male voters, 41 percent approved of reactivation and 48 percent opposed it, while for female voters, 19 percent supported reactivation and 64 percent were against it.

    At an Aug. 9 press conference in Nagasaki, Prime Minister Abe said, "We will give safety top priority with regards to nuclear plants. We will not reactivate them unless they meet with the new safety standards, which are the strictest in the world. We will strive for more understanding from the public."

    All percentages in the poll results were rounded to the nearest digit.

    The survey was conducted via telephone on Aug. 8 and 9, covering 1,627 households with at least one eligible voter, from which 1,015 responded.

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