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(01/26/08) -

Swedes Endorse New Nuclear Power Plants

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Sweden are at ease with the idea of increasing their nuclear power output, according to a poll by Synovate published in Dagens Nyheter. 48 per cent of respondents support building new nuclear power stations in Sweden, while 39 per cent disagree.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many people in Sweden are at ease with the idea of increasing their nuclear power output, according to a poll by Synovate published in Dagens Nyheter. 48 per cent of respondents support building new nuclear power stations in Sweden, while 39 per cent disagree.

Sweden generates close to 45 per cent of its electricity from nuclear power, while around 40 per cent comes from hydroelectric plants. The Scandinavian country currently has 10 nuclear reactors in operation.

In 1980, Swedish voters decided through a referendum to curb the use of nuclear power by not building new plants. Two reactors have reached the end of their working lives already and have not been replaced by new facilities.

On Jan. 21, Hendry Gustafsson, from the Analysgruppen nuclear think tank, said more people are inclined to accept nuclear power due to concerns over global warming and pollution, adding, "Nuclear energy doesn’t add any carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and there is a global move toward favouring this solution."

Swedish voters renewed the Diet in September 2006. The centre-right alliance—including the Moderate Rally Party (M), the People’s Party Liberals (FpL), the Centre Party (C), and the Christian-Democrats (KD)—secured 178 seats, ending the ten-year tenure of Social-Democrat prime minister Goran Persson. Moderate leader Fredrik Reinfeldt became prime minister in October 2006.

Polling Data

Do you support or oppose building new nuclear power stations in Sweden?

Support

48%

Oppose

39%

Not sure

13%

Source: Synovate / Dagens Nyheter
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,026 Swede adults, conducted from Jan. 14 to Jan. 17, 2008. No margin of error was provided.