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Energy

Swedes in Favour of Nuclear Power

Published torsdag 12 mars 2009 kl 14.03
Forsmark nuclear power plant, north of Stockholm

The Swedish people have never had as positive an attitude towards nuclear power as they have today. A survey carried out by Gothenburg university shows that Swedes slowly but surely are warming towards its continued use.

Out of the over 3000 participants in the study, 51 % were in favour of nuclear power. Only 31 % want to see it go. The poll also confirms that there is a clear divide within both the Social Democratic party and the Centre Party, when it comes to energy.

The Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin, also leader of the opposition, maintains that nuclear power should be phased out long-term. But she doesn’t have her voters with her. The study shows that the majority of Social Democrat voters are in favour of the continued use of nuclear power.

In the 1980 referendum were Sweden voted to phase out nuclear power long-term, one of the most active anti- nuclear power groups were the Swedish Centre Party voters.

However, they recently did a u-turn, when party leader Maud Olofsson suddenly accepted that the old nuclear plants should be replaced with new ones.

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