Support For Nuclear Energy Marks New Record In Sweden
The support for the use of nuclear power in Sweden is at a record high level, according to a recent opinion poll by Novus for Analysgruppen, a group of experts and researchers from the energy sector, industry and academy.
More than half of the respondents, 56%, support nuclear energy and want to build new reactors if needed, while 28% of respondents agree only with keeping using existing reactors.
Overall, more than eight out of ten, 84%, want to continue to use nuclear power or, if needed, build more reactors, while only one out of ten respondents want to close nuclear power through political decisions.
The support for the use of nuclear power is higher than ever […] The surveys do not tell which individual factors that affect the opinion, but it is clear that more people see nuclear power as an important tool to counter several of today’s challenges.
said Mattias Lantz, researcher at Uppsala university and chairman of Analysgruppen.
Researchers also asked a question regarding if nuclear power can be a tool for reaching the climate goals, and 67% think that it can, marking a +10% from the opinion polls recorded in May 2021.
The quoted poll, always conducted by Novus for Analysgruppen almost one year ago, has shown that about half of Swedes would consider building new nuclear power and see nuclear as a tool to achieve the country’s climate goals.
In May 2021, 46% of respondents wanted to continue using nuclear power and, if necessary, build new reactor units (today +10%), while 31% supported the use of nuclear, but no new plans (today -3%).
Moreover, 14% of respondents supported an earlier nuclear phaseout, a percentage today decreased to 10%.
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