A new poll has found that while nuclear energy remains the least popular form of electricity generation on a global scale, there are several countries that are firmly bucking the anti-atomic trend.

Of those surveyed by Ipsos, 55 per cent opposed the use of nuclear power. Instead, some 96 per cent backed solar power, 93 per cent supported wind, 79 per cent were in favour of gas and 48 per cent were behind coal.

Yet in Britain, three in five people (59 per cent) were in favour of atomic energy. This is an increase on the 51 per cent in favour at the time of the last Ipsos poll in April 2011, just a month after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Also showing signs of increased support since 18 months ago are France, Italy, Sweden. The most pro-nuclear countries were the US, India and China.

Unsurprisingly, Japan remains the most strongly opposed to nuclear, along with Germany, Mexico and Argentina.

Robert Knight, research director at Ipsos, said: “There’s no doubt global public opinion has recovered somewhat since Fukushima. But while the global picture is still not that encouraging for the industry, there are several countries where optimism about the future of nuclear energy is once again justified.”