Poll: Majority of locals want Indian Point to stay open

Despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) campaign to close the Indian Point nuclear power plants, a recent poll shows that many local residents want the complex to remain open.

Researchers from Marist College polled 306 people living near the Buchanan facility and in New York City, and found that only 40 percent of the responders believe the plants should be shut down. Almost 50 percent of those polled said they want Indian Point to stay open, while 11 percent were unsure about what should be done.

Cuomo's public opposition to Indian Point dates back at least to his first run for governor in 2002. Since taking office, Cuomo has made it his priority to have the plants closed.

The governor's push comes at a time when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering an application by the plants' owner, Entergy, to re-license them for another 20 years.

The Marist College poll was commissioned by New York 1 and YNN.

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