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Juholt support at record low: poll

Juholt support at record low: poll

Published: 28 Sep 2011 10:12 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Sep 2011 10:12 GMT+02:00

According to the survey, confidence in the new Social Democrat leader is dwindling. The figures show that the divide between the two party leaders has increased by one percentage point since June.

The survey has been conducted annually for the last five years, and according to the Expressen daily Juholt distinguishes himself among Social Democrat leaders as having the least confidence from the public.

When Mona Sahlin was newly elected Social Democrat leader the gap between her and Reinfeldt was 26 percentage points – today that figure is 39.

This despite Juholt's recent exposure in the media over the last few months was hoped to boost his popularity. But since the beginning of the summer, confidence in the newly elected party head has fallen.

According to Patrik Westander, CEO of Westander PR, the company which ordered the Sifo survey, it isn't easy for Juholt, who started from a disadvantage.

Another reason behind the widening gap could be the financial crisis. Reinfeldt is viewed by the public as a calm and secure prime minister in times of international financial turmoil.

The survey also showed that those who generally vote for the Greens prefer Reinfeldt before Juholt. Reinfeldt got 61 votes to Juholt's 14 among the Green Party voters.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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10:46 September 28, 2011 by RobinHood
I don't understand it. Here we are approaching mid-term with a fresh leader, and just when the Social Democrats should be soaring ahead to counter the inevitable Moderate surge at the end of their term. And what do we have? Why it's the Moderates way ahead in the polls, and this young buck Juholt looking less like a young buck and more like road kill.

It's baffling. It can't possibly be because the Social Democrats have chosen policies and a leader completely out of step with what the majority of inspirational Swedes want. It must be something else. But what is it?

Come on the Social Democrats. Sweden has had quite enough one-party state politics. You can't lose to the Moderates a third time. Go find out what Swedes want, and change.
15:25 September 28, 2011 by bubbagump
One-party state politics? You must be new to sweden. Apparently you missed the nearly five decades of Social Democrat rule.
15:54 September 28, 2011 by RobinHood

Er, it was that to which I was referring. Please read my posts carefully before you comment on them again.
16:54 September 28, 2011 by McChatter
@ RobinHood I have to agree with bubbagump here. I have read your piece carefully and still can't tell if you're being cynical/sarcastic or if you genuinely mean what you write. However, if you mean that the present Social Democrats sound more like the old East German SED then I will agree with you.

The problem for the Social Democrats is that they are not used to finding out what the Swedes want. For decades it was they who told the Swedes what was good for them. The idea that a Swede wanted to decide for himself what was good for him was totally unthinkable. Juholt is wanting to move the party more to the left but I suspect there is no market for him there. Vänster is also losing support. However, it's not all Juholt's fault. The team around him isn't exactly hope-giving either. I am interested to know which "disadvantage" it is that Mr. Westander refers to. Can anyone explain?
18:24 September 28, 2011 by RobinHood

You really can't tell! Oh dear!
20:01 September 28, 2011 by Tysknaden
The Social Democrats threw the Swedish wealth out of the window.
11:32 September 30, 2011 by Great Scott
Looks like this poll is out of date, or was never true in the first place. It was conducted by SIFO a government run organisation.

However it did manage to confuse the fools.

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