Majority in Taiwan against new atomic plant: Polls
TAIPEI (AFP) - More than half of Taiwan's public want construction of a long-delayed nuclear plant to be halted due to safety concerns, according to two surveys released on Thursday ahead of a mass protest.
Fifty-four per cent of the 1,071 people interviewed in a survey commissioned by weekly magazine Business Today were in favour of scrapping the atomic power plant - which would be Taiwan's fourth - while 23 per cent opposed it.
A total of 63.5 per cent believed that nuclear power plants are unsafe against 2.5 per cent who considered them safe, while only 11 percent said they have faith in the government's abilities to manage the plants, the poll said.
Another survey conducted by the Taipei-based China Times newspaper showed similar results, with 62.4 per cent of 761 people interviewed in favour of stopping construction of the plant against 21.2 who want the work to continue.