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Sweden's Greens continue to climb in polls

Sweden's Greens continue to climb in polls

Published: 18 Dec 2011 10:44 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Dec 2011 10:44 GMT+01:00

Sweden's Green Party climbed to yet another record-high result in in research institute Sifo's December polls, while the Social Democrats hit a new low.

The Green Party received 12.3 percent, an increase of 2.3 percentage points, while the Social Democrats dropped by almost the same amount, landing on 25.4 percent, according to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

Political scientist Tommy Möller explained that the Green Party's success largely builds on dissatisfied voters from other parties. But according to Möller, two other factors play a role in the party's success.

"One is that the deep crisis and paralysis within the Social Democrats won't last forever. The other is what effects it'll have for the Left Party that in Jonas Sjöstedt it will be getting a party leader not associated with communism. That may well be an even bigger threat for the Social Democrats," he said to SvD.

Jonas Sjöstedt is set to replace current Left Party head Lars Ohly at the party's congress in January 2012.

According to Sifo's research head Toivo Sjörén, it's going to be difficult for the Social Democrats to steal back voters from the Green Party.

However, the Social Democrat voters who've not been voting in recent elections may be lured back, since this is a core group that basically can't imagine voting for another party.

The Moderates remain the country's largest party, increasing to 34.4 percent.

Together, the four centre-right government parties received 49.6 percent, and the three left wing parties, currently in opposition, got 44 percent.

However, Toivo Sjörén pointed out that high figures for the Moderates don't mean that the governing parties have it easy until the next election, in 2014.

"Let's be clear, even after the Social Democrats' unprecedented drop in polls, those in power still don't have their own majority. If the Social Democrats climb 3 percentage units, and the Moderates drop by the same, they'll be tied again," he said to Svenska Dagbladet.

Support for the Sweden Democrats had dropped to 5.2 percent, according to the latest poll results.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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11:46 December 18, 2011 by seekingthetruth
Sweden Democrats will be gone next election!! Horrah!
12:31 December 18, 2011 by viennacalling
this is a great result for the greens, I am not a tree hugger myself but I can respect those who are

I hope that the Green Party gets behind their Wind and Solar tech industries and drops nuclear which now has proven to be expensive for the world

Good news out of Portugal their windfarms produced a record 70% of the total power consumption this year and they also have one of the largest Solar farms in Europe its a shame that their strugling economy makes the news headlines rather than their achievements in green technology
16:03 December 18, 2011 by Larry Thrash
While I agree that we can have a cleaner planet, it must start with individuals not forcing proverty on the wealthy nations and starvation on the poor nations.
20:26 December 18, 2011 by Abe L
I really don't understand how there can still be people in this world that are so blind to everyday's problems that they vote for these parties. We need people in charge that care for a more welfaring Sweden with proper investments in infrastructure and reducing taxes on gas and cars. There should be a strong focus on attracting foreign companies, expertise and investments so we can reduce taxes for the normal people and improve living standards throughout. A government that cares for Sweden and the people living there before the rest of the world.
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