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The Associated Press March 22, 2011, 11:50AM ET

Poll shows anti-nuclear sentiment up in Sweden

A new poll suggests that skepticism over atomic power is growing in Sweden after Japan's nuclear crisis.

A Synovate poll of 1,000 people shows 36 percent want to ditch nuclear power, up from 15 percent in a similar survey two years ago.

The poll, published Tuesday in newspaper Dagens Nyheter, shows another 36 percent want to keep the plants operational and 21 percent want to build additional nuclear reactors.

The remaining 7 percent were undecided or didn't answer. The margin of error was three percentage points.

Synovate CEO Karin Nelsson says the results are "clearly linked to the developments in Japan."

Sweden gets nearly half of its electricity from 10 nuclear reactors after abandoning plans to dismantle them by 2010.

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