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Voters flee Social Democrats in new poll

Voters flee Social Democrats in new poll

Published: 23 Oct 2011 08:44 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Oct 2011 08:44 GMT+02:00

The latest voter poll shows that support for the Social Democrats has dropped nearly 10 points over the past three weeks in the wake of party leader Håkan Juholt's accommodation subsidies scandal.

The Social Democrat leader saw both his own and his party’s popularity take a hit among voters, dropping from 35 percent before the media storm, to its current 26.9, according to the latest figures from market research company Sifo.

A separate survey on Saturday revealed that the gap between Juholt and Fredrik Reinfeldt is at its widest margin yet, with the prime minister enjoying a 68-15 lead in a poll which asked voters who they trusted most to lead the country.

"I have been through ten days of facts, lies, rumours and war like headlines with very harsh prejudicial condemnation. Clearly, it affects people's attitudes," said Juholt to Göteborgs-Posten, but he added that he is still confident he can win back the trust of voters once the dust has settled.

Meanwhile, another poll during the past seven days, again by Sifo, shows the popularity rating of the party slipping even further, to 25.5 percent in recent days.

The figures suggest that those voters deserting his party seem to be shifting their allegiance to his main rival.

Over the same three week period, the Moderates have seen their stock rise from 28.2 percent the first week, to 34.8 percent last week, which is almost as good as their highest rating in government, of 35.3 percent in November 1997.

“Compared to before the crisis, several voters have gone to the Moderates. There is a clear migration from the Social Democrats to the Moderates,” Toivo Sjores, manager of Sifo’s surveys, told Svenska Dagbladet.

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14:53 October 23, 2011 by orangetree
Juholt is sadly rise of an average. Party has many carismatic, intellectual and broadminded people but possibly they somehow in some circumstances oppose some groups in the party so now they cannot be front standing. Instead of many promising people Social Democrates agreed to have a grey mouse instead. A loose-loose situation..
22:44 October 23, 2011 by johan rebel
26.9% of those polled would vote for a crook for prime minister. Amazing!

I sincerely hope Juholt stays on. What is bad for the socialists is good for Sweden
01:23 October 24, 2011 by omash kavash
lol swedish society are playing with fire once they get to know the modaretes are capitalist and they realize they have lost everything they will wish time would have gone back ask me been living in states from socialism to capitalism people bad are on the way better change before its to late guyz dont understand the government to sell all the parasatalls how it feels when u no longer have free health health insuarance free schools people in same level rich get richer poor get poorer thats on the way watch n see mr rebel
07:34 October 24, 2011 by Lavaux
It's tough for a ruling class who enriches itself from the public fisc to convince the proletariat that their egalitarian social model is worth the taxes necessary to finance it. Most Swedes still love socialism in theory, but they also suspect that the Social Democrats can't be entrusted with the political power required to fully implement it. Juholt confirmed this suspicion just as Salin did. So long as Juholt remains the poster boy for the Social Democrats, most Swedes won't trust them.

Long live Juholt! "What is bad for the socialists is good for Sweden". It can't be said better than that, johan rebel. As for omash kavash, I can't really understand what he wrote because it's as incoherent as the Occupy Wall Street movement. Here's a movement that seems to want to empower people by giving more power to a government that's borrowed and wasted $9 trillion in the past 11 years, that's corrupt and incompetent to its core, and that's a wholly-owned subsidiary of special interest groups. This not only defies reason, it abdicates reason. Consequently, most Americans hold the OWS movement in the same contempt they hold Congress and Obama.
11:59 October 24, 2011 by Borilla
@Lavaux

Ex-pat? I don't think so. You don't sound like a "real American". If you are going to propagandize, do it under your true colors. You show little understanding of either the US or good government. The only thing you have correct is that the Republicans are in the pocket of the special interest groups. They are the ones who deserve contempt. Peacefully protesting against that is the proper thing to do in a democracy.
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