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Sweden's Alliance parties gain majority in new poll

Sweden's Alliance parties gain majority in new poll

Published: 20 Dec 2010 16:23 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Dec 2010 16:23 GMT+01:00

A new poll has revealed that if an election were held now, the ruling Alliance would gain a majority in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, while support for Sweden's Social Democratic Party continues to slide.

The latest opinion survey conducted by United Minds and Cints in collaboration with newspaper Aftonbladet shows that both the ruling Moderates and Liberal Party have increased their levels of support.

Separately, support for the Centre and Christian Democratic Parties has fallen below the levels they registered for the general election on September 19th. However, the Christian Democrats, the smallest party in the Riksdag, would clear the 4 percent threshhold to remain in parliament.

Meanwhile, the Social Democrats continue to lose support from voters.

"If it were close to an election, it would be more problematic, but I think people understand that there is not an election now and that much can happen," United Minds' opinion director Carl Melin told Aftonbladet.

While support for the Social Democrats and Left Party continue to fall, the Green Party continues to gain more support. Support for the far-right Sweden Democrats also outpaces the party's election result in the fall.

The Moderates currently have 31.7 percent support, up 0.7 percentage points from November. The Liberal Party stands at 7.5 percent, 0.5 percentage points ahead of last month.

However, the Centre Party and Christian Democrats are at 5.5 percent and 4.8 respectively, down 0.8 and 0.1 percentage points respectively.

Together, the Alliance has 49.5 percent, up 0.3 percentage points from November, compared with 42.2 percent for the Red-Green parties, whose support fell 1.2 percentage points.

Among then, support for the Social Democrats slipped 1.5 percentage points to 27.6 percent and 0.6 percentage points to 5.2 percent for the Left Party.

However, backing for the Green Party grew 0.9 percentage points in December to 9.4 percent from the previous month. Support for the Sweden Democrats also rose 0.9 percentage points to 6.9 percent this month.

Support for other parties increased 0.1 percentage points to 1.4 percent.

United Minds interviewed 1,148 respondents over the age of 18 from November 23rd to Sunday, asking them, "How would you vote if there were a Riksdag election today?"

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

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17:28 December 20, 2010 by SaltWater
Media can tell what ever they want, but Swedish people is a high educated population, with Wikileaks scandal, bombs over Sweden, and all the problems politicians say don't exist, I think Sweden will grow in the far right because of immigrant criminals, not immigrants by them self,... and in The Left Side, because of loosing welfare rights!
17:37 December 20, 2010 by miss79
well i guess reinfeldt n the moderates will coperate with Svd in the future later since Social Democrates are falling so he can gain more support..ur right SALTWATER..i agree with u..
18:24 December 20, 2010 by ghostof911
Why is Karl Rove meddling in Swedish politics? Does he want Reinfeldt to help him hide something?

http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2010/12/is-karl-rove-driving-effort-to.html

Why would Rove be interested in corralling Julian Assange? To help protect the Bush legacy, our source says. "The very guy who has released the documents that damage the Bushes the most is also the guy that the Bush's number one operative can control by being the Swedish prime minister's brain and intelligence and economic advisor."
20:17 December 20, 2010 by Rebel
Oh well, Reinfeldt doesn't care whose lapdog he is -- as long as either Bush or Obama (or the powers that control both of them) like him.
21:48 December 20, 2010 by Tennessee Thunder
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22:19 December 20, 2010 by Syftfel
The social dems (run by the unions) need to be taught a good lesson! The fact that their relevance is shrinking is good for Sweden. The cultural cauldron they have caused - begining with a certain O. Palme - with their disastrous immigration policies should be enough to drag them into court for treason! May the social dems rot in their socialist swamp. It is up to the rest of us now to mop up their ugly mess. Don't send the social dems any condolence cards! No one will miss these useless crackpots!
10:36 December 21, 2010 by Rebel
If one is starving, and the only choices you have are a moldy orange (let's pretend they are the social democrats) and a bag of stale potato chips (yep, Reinfeldt) then of course most people would choose Reinfeldt.

The social democrats are history. However, if Assange is handed over to Obama to spend the rest of his life in a US jail then many fair-minded people in the Reinfeldt camp, and a lot of social dems who are just tired of the social dems, will likely vote for the Swedish Democrats if for no other reason as to register a protest vote against the status quo.

SD will break the 10% mark in teh next election.
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