Survey: 36% believe Fukushima radiation “likely to have done significant harm to U.S.”

Published: March 13th, 2013 at 12:58 am ET


Title: 36% Think Radiation From Japanese Nuclear Disaster Hurt the U.S.
Source: Rasmussen Reports
Date: March 11, 2013
Conducted: March 9-10, 2013
h/t @mitsuya_niwa

It’s been two years since an earthquake and tsunami triggered an explosion at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, and more than a third of Americans think radiation from that accident is likely to have done significant harm to the United States. […]

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 36% of American Adults believe it is at least somewhat likely that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant did significant harm to the United States. However, that includes just nine percent (9%) who think that scenario is Very Likely. Fifty percent (50%) of adults say it’s not likely the radiation did any harm, including 17% who say it’s Not At All Likely. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure. […]

(Question asked to 1,000 adults nationwide: It’s been two years since the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. How likely is it that radiation from that plant did significant harm in the United States?)

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Published: March 13th, 2013 at 12:58 am ET


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18 comments to Survey: 36% believe Fukushima radiation “likely to have done significant harm to U.S.”

  • Jebus Jebus

    My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

    • Eff the politicians who covered up the Fukushima disaster, criminals, no less.

    • PavewayIII PavewayIII

      Pew Research: "…Our Jan. 2013 survey found only 26% saying they can trust government always or most of the time, while 73% say they can trust the government only some of the time or never. Majorities across all partisan and demographic groups express little or no trust in government…"

      The January survey was kind of a blip up. The moving average of government trust looks closer to 20%. Four out of five Americans have little or no trust. Note to Homeland Security: buy more drones – they'll come in handy.

      I would add something snarky like "Good job, Mr. President," but favorable ratings of Congress have plummeted to historic lows, too.

      Time for the feds to conjure up another threat to democracy somewhere and start killing women and children. That usually shuts up the unwashed masses and distracts them from their untrustworthy government.

  • HH

    This poll just means that the rest of us have to work twice as hard to get the truth out.

    And that's not an empty statement. We really do have to work twice as hard.

    If the people polled had seen this radiation plume map, the poll would be 100% who think Fukushima was likely to have done signifcant harm to the U.S.

    • vital1 vital1

      Study finds Congenital Hypothyroid cases increased significantly in 5 states, located on Pacific west coast of the USA. Up 28% in some instances. Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, being the most affected. This was caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster radioactive iodine fallout, hitting the west coast of America.

      This is just one study, of one isotope from Fukushima Nuclear fallout, and its affects on the population. The study does not convey the pain and suffering of the parents of these affected children.

      "We need mums and dads of this world to get in the politician's faces"

      This handout/flyer was created to inform Mums and Dads, as to the seriousness of this Nuclear disaster, and get to them motivated. It has been distributed widely, and has been successful in waking up lots of people.

      It is very important to reach people outside of these net forums, otherwise the information is keep in a closed lop. It is only through greater community awareness that change will happen.

      Get the message out there on how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is
      quickly, and efficiently. You don’t need to explain anything just distribute the lifesaver.pdf or create your own, hand it out, mailbox it,
      or email it.

    • 16Penny 16Penny

      I see this as pretty good considering how much has been spent on the cover up campaign. Way to go Nuclear Realists! Keep educating your friends, family and coworkers! The other bright side is that every day another story is sneaking out about the damages and contamination. Every day it becomes more evident, more in your face, more impacting you, your family and the ones you love. Every day that ratio is changing and the balance is shifting in our favor. Every day.

      Make today count. Tell at least one person about anything nuclear accident related. There are plenty to choose from. Hanford, Fuku, the nearest NPP to you, the St' Louis nuclear dumping ground. Take your pick and share. It isn't like any one of us is free from the consequences no matter how much we smile.

      Announce a plan to begin decommissioning now! Anyone tired of just typing about how much it sucks? We have more than enough mind power to figure this out. Let's hatch a plan. Work with what has been working and learn from what has not. Please anyone with a real idea for a political / economical or social plan feel free to put it forward. With 36% of polled people thinking about the GLOBAL impact of FUKU, it shouldn't be hard to push it over the top. That is in respect to the people.

      We know well how viciously the government will fight for it due to the military and financial contributions / interests so be aware of that. Corporations with big money invested will be for obvious reasons, opposed as well.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fukushima meltdowns effected many in the U.S

    Symptoms are happening.

    • We Not They Finally

      The dark side: Unless there is a widespread, escalating health catastrophe (and let's hope NOT), or enough people are affected PERSONALLY, people don't snap out of denial on something so massive and threatening. But then again, it's America, Hollywoodland. I hope there is a Michael Moore out there for this one. But ANYONE who wants to cover it first-hand still needs to do it from a distance (tricky),lest they risk their own life going into the deadly radioactive territory themselves.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    There hasn't been total openness of this Fukushima catastrophe or any others, there are people in the dark. The officials or the media aren't reporting the continually damage that this is causing.

    Some people need to hear it said by an official, to believe it. We deserve and should have the right to hear the truth and to see the reports.

    By now you would think common sense would have kicked in, and people would realize that it's hitching a ride on the jet stream to us all.

  • We Not They Finally

    Bad enough having to deal with "the 47%" remark. And of course we are all saddled with "the 1%." Now it's "the 36%"? 36% of the public is at least partially not in denial? Well, at least "9%" so. The other 27% of the 36% probably just thinks that since the media lies, there is probably SOMETHING worse happening — just not sure what. Which just means that possibly 91% of the population doesn't know what's going on. So what will it take?

  • markww markww

    THEY DID NOT ask me and none of the people that I know of this was probably just a sample of a few hundred people,in a survey anyway. if the whole country voted it would have been higher then 38 per cent and if the MEDIA would have done fair reporting instead on NO REPORTING people would know.

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    Must have been an e news poll, because as far as I can tell the rest if the world is either oblivious, or just don't shive a git.

  • weeman

    How convent poll the people that have no information to base their decision due to the media blackout.
    Take a poll of people who has a working knowledge of the effects of radiation.

  • m a x l i

    Ask the wrong question, and you get the wrong answers.

    Instead of:
    It’s been two years since the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. How likely is it that radiation from that plant did significant harm in the United States?

    The question should better state:
    We are entering the third year of the ongoing global nuclear catastrophe which started at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. How likely is it that radiation from that plant did, is doing or will do any harm in the United States?

    What does "significant harm" mean, by the way? Is it significant, when 0.001 percent of (contemporary) lives are shortened? This would be 3,000 people killed in the United States. Mass-murder in my book.

    Different scenario: Only 1 live (out of many millions) shortened each year, over the next 3000 years. Same result.

  • My thoughts were similar. Fukushima what? If 90 percent of Americans are clueless about the ongoing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, including 99 percent of the population of Florida that still eat fish from the GOM and allow their kids to swim in the water, it doesn't seem that 36 percent would even know about Fukushima. I have a friend who is a marine biologist in Alaska and she doesn't even understand the gravity of Fukushima, believing the radiation is affecting Japan. I have met environmental engineers, scientists, and activists who do not know what I mean when I say Fukushima. All believe it is controlled and there is no radiation damage. My gut instinct was that when surveyed, people did not want to admit that they did not know anything about the subject and answered the survey in a manner that they hoped would be intelligent to the survey company. A few years ago a survey was undertake about the dangers of hydrogen dioxide and the overwhelming majority thought it should be banned for polluting the planet.