But the referendum was not a simple “yes or no” vote on whether to build reactors or phase them out. No, the vote was a choice between three different lines of thought, of which the first two were rather similar. Some commentators at the time called it a “democratic charade,” a vote where “no” was the only option, albeit in varying degrees. In the end, public opinion was so strongly negative that politicians were too fearful of putting a clear “yes to nuclear power” on the ballot.
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