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Power shift beckons in Swedish election re-run

Published: 03 May 2011 10:19 GMT+02:00
Updated: 03 May 2011 10:19 GMT+02:00

As a county council election re-run beckons in western Sweden, the Social Democrats are losing ground and could lose power, new figures show.

According to a recent survey carried out by market research institute Sifo, the Social Democrats have lost ground in the Västra Götaland region in the last eight months.

“It is surprising that the Social Democrats are losing voters. They have a new party leader and are spending the most funds on the re-election campaign. They must feel very worried right now," said Gunnar Falkemark, political scientist at the University of Gothenburg.

The survey also showed that the alliance parties have a slight advantage over the centre-left Red-Green opposition, but that neither side would win a majority if an election was held today.

The poll placed the Social Democrats as the largest party with 27.6 percent of the vote, closely followed by the Moderates on 27.1 percent.

The Greens are gaining most ground in the region, compared to the figures from last year, with the party polling 10.3 percent.

Among the smaller parties the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) is the strongest with 8.8 percent in the poll, followed by the Left Party with 7.5 percent, the Christian Democrats on 6.7 percent, and Centre on 4.3 percent.

The Sweden Democrats, who along with the Social Democrats have invested heavily in the election, polled 4.5 percent which represents no change on their showing in the September 2010 election.

The poll shows that the Healthcare Party (Sjukvårdspartiet) is most likely to lose its seats on the council, placing Red-Green rule in jeopardy.

The Healthcare Party currently props up the Red-Green minority rule. But as the party looks unlikely to secure the required 3 percent threshold, according to Sifo's survey, they may be forced to step aside in the council.

Sweden’s Election Review Board (Valprövningsnämnden) announced in February that the Västra Götaland county council election would need to be re-run after irregularities in the September 2010 vote.

According to the board, there were several reasons for the decision and results were close enough to warrant a new ballot.

The re-run of the election will be held on May 15th. Aside from Västra Götaland county, there will also be re-runs held in a municipal constituency in Örebro.

The Sifo survey consisted of 1,000 people and was carried out the week following Easter.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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13:48 May 3, 2011 by Syftfel
Beginning with fiery marxist, Traitor palme, this party lost its course. No Swede is interested in his kind of dictatorial edicts. So it is no surprise that the social dems are singing their swan song.
16:06 May 3, 2011 by HYBRED
I guess I missed something somewhere. If your running for election or relection, you give VOTERS something they want to hear. And you learn what voters want by listening to them. Examples: If you are a candidate, why would you mention the idea to privatize Systembolaget when the majority of the voting public doesn't like the idea? Why would you mention having a Muslim holiday when the voting public doesn't like the idea,(if it involved taking away another)?

I don't understand the logic with Swedish politicians.
17:34 May 3, 2011 by jackx123
hybred: spot on.

AND yet again the social democrats have brought out a "leader" that is insignificant and that doesn't make a mark. total stupidity. they need someone who's charismatic with a degree of flair. IF they had two working brain cells they should pick loofa palm II, who had all what it takes to be proud of and move around on the world stage.

this one is a total dud, which is a problem with the sosse elite. they have not polled among the voters if they would vote for him.
22:15 May 3, 2011 by Syftfel
@HYBRED. Correction: Swedes do Not want a muslim holiday even if it does NOT involve taking away another! Clear?
22:17 May 3, 2011 by Grokh
Maybe they should focus on their swedish voters instead of kneeling to muslim voters.

i mean if they are gona treat muslims like that then i want a Brasil day, and a portugal day and an atheist day and a science day and a blasphemy day.

meanwhile what about all the other fairy tales , i mean stupid religions that are minorities in sweden and dont have their own day?

stupid favoritism, suits them right to lose suporters which is a shame since the aliance is made of idiots.
23:11 May 3, 2011 by dt804a
Sweden: You should learn from Canada, The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) has just won a majority in parliament, obviating the need to deal with any other party. The CPC is strongly pro-Israel and a guardian of the values of Western democracy.
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