• Sweden edition
 
Bildt bashes new Sweden Democrat poll rise

Bildt bashes new Sweden Democrat poll rise

Published: 09 Nov 2012 10:18 GMT+01:00
Updated: 09 Nov 2012 10:18 GMT+01:00

In a poll carried out by the Demoskop polling firm and published on Friday in the Expressen newspaper, the Sweden Democrats were shown to have support of 9 percent of Swedish voters, an increase of 1.9 percent compared to results from the previous month.

Two weeks ago, another poll carried out by the Ipsos research firm also found the Sweden Democrats to be the country's third-largest political party amid an effort by party leader Jimmie Åkesson to rid the party of the image that its members are a bunch of "angry young men".

The recent Sweden Democrat poll surge doesn't sit well with Bildt, who expressed concerns about what the far-right party's advance might mean for Sweden.

"They are trying to isolate Sweden from the rest of the world. That can't happen," he told Expressen.

According to Bildt, the Sweden Democrats have "no other solutions" other than isolationist policies that would "cause serious damage to Sweden".

Support for Bildt's own Moderate Party dropped by 1.6 percent in the Demoskop poll, landing at 30.3 percent.

Meanwhile, support for the Social Democrats crept up 0.5 percent to 33.1 percent, allowing it to maintain its claim as Sweden's largest political party.

Overall support for the four parties of the centre-right Alliance government dropped 1.6 percent to 44.3 percent, while support for the three centre-left opposition parties fell 0.5 percent to 45.7 percent.

And while support for the Christian Democrats rose 0.8 percent to 3.7 percent, the party remains below the threshold required to maintain representation in the Riksdag.

Among several factors cited by political scientist Tommy Möller as contributing to the rise of the Sweden Democrats, was the fact that more voters now view the far-right, anti-immigrant party as "a legitimate party".

Party leader Åkesson said the immigration policies of the Alliance government have "played into our hands".

"Immigration has been quite high during the entire centre-right governing period," he told Expressen.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt attacked the Sweden Democrats as a being nothing more than internet-based provocateurs "dressed up in suits".

The Demoskop findings were based on responses from 1,003 people who were asked, "Which party would you vote for if the election were today?"

TT/The Local/dl

Follow The Local on Twitter

Your comments about this article

10:50 November 9, 2012 by Mib
It's very simple! LISTEN and UNDERSTAND why people are turning to that party! Then use ACTION to meet some of those concerns that voters have. I would say the Swedish Democrats are a party for voters to protest against the current Government policies whether they are Right or Left. They don't want the Swedish Democrats to have any power, but if the Government cotinues to ignore voters concerns, then don't be surprised when they choose someone else.IT'S CALLED DEMOCARCY AT WORK!!
12:01 November 9, 2012 by HenryPollard
Let's compare the two:

Jimmie Åkesson:

Hasn't been part of a ruling government, thus has only made some speeches which have upset some precious newspaper editors.

Carl Bildt:

Dismantled the very economic model that defines Sweden in the name of private profit.

Ruined Sweden's history of neutrality by blindly following the USA into foreign conflicts.

Accellerated the tidal wave of immigration that has seen Sweden accept around 10x more refugees than it's neighbouring countries, thus ensuring that in coming decades, Sweden will no longer be home to the 'Swedes'.

If one of these men is truly damaging Sweden, it sure aint Åkesson.
12:57 November 9, 2012 by Osk
Mlb - quite right
13:57 November 9, 2012 by johan rebel
So it doesn't sit well with Bildt, huh?

Well, Carl, about time you took a long and hard look in the mirror then!
14:19 November 9, 2012 by occassional
Time the sanctimonious powers heard the message and stopped the tide of bogus refugees among other things.
15:09 November 9, 2012 by skylarkpilot
As a recent migrant to Sweden myself, albeit from the UK, the problems experienced by Sweden and the UK seem remarkably similar. At current rates of immigration and reproduction, English citizens in the UK will find themselves an ethnic minority in their own country within twenty five years ( official government statistic). In Sweden, having a smaller Swedish demographic to begin with, Swedes will find themselves in this situation even quicker. You only have to look at Migrationverkets own figures to work that one out.

I am not saying immigration is a bad or negative thing, but the expectations of the native countrymen have to be carefully managed. Neither government in either country want to be the first to explain this to their populations.

A rise in nationalism is to be expected as the truth dawns with no explanation or plan for integration. The politicians who believe that this can simply be ignored are

just burying their heads in the sand.

The future for Sweden is as bleak as that for the UK for so long as politicians are idle.

As the man once said "For evil to triumph all that is required is for good men to do nothing"
15:52 November 9, 2012 by intrepidfox
All political parties talk about democracy. Love or hate SD they are still a democratically voted party elected by the people. If Bildt & co don´t like it then they can get stuffed as they are going against all their own principles concerning again DEMOCRACY
16:08 November 9, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
"According to Bildt, the Sweden Democrats have "no other solutions" other than isolationist policies that would "cause serious damage to Sweden".

Uhh, yeah Carl. Because your policy of allowing 50,000 uneducated muslim refugees per year into a country that continues to lose jobs (see SAS, Ericsson, Saab, etc.) causes no damage to Sweden, eh?!
16:35 November 9, 2012 by rubble
Carl Bildt is Sweden's combo of Dick Cheney (neo-CON) and Bill Clinton (neo-LIB), albeit without the artificial heart or the blowjob-inspired perjury. He is a driving force behind destruction of the folkhemmet, plus is US/NATO/UK toady lickspittle. On the domestic side, he urges the tide of 3rd world refugees that is going to destroy one of the few viable, just, and prosperous democracies left in the world.

Truly sickening to see the entire weight of the Svensk control infrastructure (ie media, major parties, universities, even unions) buying into the 'every stray-dog and their litter, even with fleas or rabies' syndrome. I guess nation-state suicide by cultural/economic dilution is the new lagom.
16:58 November 9, 2012 by Lavaux
The Sweden Democrats aren't far right or even right wing. They're socialists who only want to share the economic pie with ethnic Swedes. Put differently, they're socialists whose greed is enhanced by their unwillingness to share welfare goodies with non-Swedes, which means they've betrayed the international solidarity of the working classes. This is why the left despise SD, and I'm shocked that the Swedish right (which is to the left of the American left) doesn't hang this fact around the Swedish left's neck.

I'll never cease to be amazed by people who will believe a thing that simply is not true just because everyone else acts as if they believe it. Sweden: An entire nation that functions on the Emperorer's New Clothes principle.
19:34 November 9, 2012 by HenryPollard
Let's compare the two:

Jimmie Åkesson:

Hasn't been part of a ruling government, thus has only made some speeches which have upset some precious newspaper editors.

Carl Bildt:

Dismantled the very economic model that defines Sweden in the name of private profit.

Ruined Sweden's history of neutrality by blindly following the USA into foreign conflicts.

Accellerated the tidal wave of immigration that has seen Sweden accept around 10x more refugees than it's neighbouring countries, thus ensuring that in coming decades, Sweden will no longer be home to the 'Swedes'.

If one of these men is truly damaging Sweden, it sure aint Åkesson.
22:02 November 9, 2012 by jostein
Actually, Bildt started this tsunami by 1992 abolishing the "Lucia-överrenskommelsen" put in place by Ingvar Karlsson (SAP) 1989. Bildt is the worst and most destructive man in sweden alive today.
11:19 November 10, 2012 by rise
Well Mr Bildt, SD will have my vote anyway, regardless of what you're trying to say.
18:08 November 10, 2012 by Swedish Cat
Well said all above. What puzzles me is how Sweden who is standing up so strong for equality between men and women can support Islam like they do. The two does not mix and never will. France forbid the burka in public places as it was dangerous for non Islam women walking not covered into Muslim areas. As it show women are voting SD more and more for I guess this very reason. The question is what is more important. Women's safety and human rights or Muslims right to have their faith and act like home.
20:49 November 10, 2012 by godnatt
Funny.

So simply saying you should not have your borders wide open and be forced to support legions of illiterate unskilled fundamentalist nuts for their whole lives is "isolationism"?

I'm sure Bildt likes that it could someday drive down wages for actual Swedes, but fortunately it appears people are getting sick of this insanity at a quickly increasing rate...
Today's headlines
Politics
'We knew that Israel would be critical'
Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (left), with Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

'We knew that Israel would be critical'

Sweden's Foreign Minister has told The Local she respects Israel's decision to recall its ambassador after Sweden officially recognized the State of Palestine, and laughed off comments about IKEA furniture made by her Israeli counterpart. READ  

Analysis
'Store up your sunlight hours now'
Doctors say we should make the most of the autumn sunshine. Photo: Shutterstock

'Store up your sunlight hours now'

Spending time outdoors this autumn will help you survive a cold, dark Swedish winter. Baba Pendse, Head of Psychiatry at Lund University shares his top tips for battling the seasonal blues with The Local. READ  

Sports
Plot for shared Scandi Winter Olympic bid
Skiers hit the slopes in Åre, western Sweden. Photo: TT

Plot for shared Scandi Winter Olympic bid

Norwegian sports officials have said they want to co-host the winter Olympics with Sweden in 2026. But there has so far been no official response from Sweden. READ  

National
Anti-Israel graffiti 'not a race crime': Court
Photo: TT

Anti-Israel graffiti 'not a race crime': Court

A teenage boy who painted anti-Israel slogans and symbols on the Concert Hall in Gothenburg has been convicted for the damages he caused, but he walked free from racial agitation charges. READ  

Entertainment
A closer look at Sweden's rising stars
Swedish actresses Sandra Huldt and Julia Ragnarsson. Julia (right) has been nominated for a Rising Star award. Photo: TT

A closer look at Sweden's rising stars

Like to be ahead of the game when it comes to the next big thing on the silver screen? We find out more about the Swedish nominees for the Rising Star award to be presented at Stockholm's International Film Festival next week. READ  

Science
Swedish women in two-year sex pill study
Contraceptive pills have been linked to mood swings. Photo: Shutterstock

Swedish women in two-year sex pill study

Three hundred women from across Sweden are taking part in a study designed to demonstrate that modern contraceptive pills don't lead to decreased libido or mood swings. READ  

National
Stockholm 'sinking' oil spill ship safe
The ship was rescued on Thursday. Photo: Swedish Coast Guard

Stockholm 'sinking' oil spill ship safe

After fears a ship carrying around 52 tonnes of oil could sink in Stockholm's archipelago, Sweden's Coast Guard said the vessel had been towed to safety. READ  

National
Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal
A scene from a video of the attack published by Dagens Nyheter

Dog attack policewoman acquitted on appeal

A policewoman accused of letting her dog attack a drunk man while she repeatedly hit him with a baton, has had her conviction overturned by a court in Stockholm. READ  

Entertainment
What's On: October 31st - November 7th
Uma Thurman will soon be on her way to Stockholm. Photo: TT

What's On: October 31st - November 7th

Halloween fun and an international film festival are the big events hitting Stockholm this week. We cast our eye over the capital and the rest of the country for the best activities to check out this week. READ  

International
Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark
Gottrid Svartholm Warg. File photo: TT

Pirate Bay Swede found guilty in Denmark

Sweden's Pirate Bay Founder Gottrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking crimes in a Danish court on Thursday. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
Stockholm's shocking take on Halloween
Sport
Top ten quotes from Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
People-watching: October 30th
National
Sweden remains fourth best for gender equality
Blog updates

31 October

Editor’s Blog, October 31st (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, Welcome to our latest 60-second round-up of the week’s news. First, Sweden made headlines around the..." READ »

 

29 October

Scariest day (Blogweiser) »

"This is what’s frightening me on Halloween. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OFZVCu8J0&list=UUJu5J7jG4uoYSjWbpFsJBuQ Follow my posts on FB. ..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Timeline: Julian Assange sex allegations
Sport
World Cup ski race on 'fake' Stockholm slope
Society
An Arctic tradition: hunting and handicraft
Society
Stockholm taxis offer free therapy sessions
National
The Local meets Health Minister Gabriel Wikström
Gallery
Property of the week: Österåker
Society
Homeless turtles get Stockholm police ride
National
Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
National
Italian musician jazzes up Sweden's Lapland
Gallery
Zlatan's career in pictures
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching: October 25th and 26th
Lifestyle
'Swedes are funnier than they think'
National
Swedish town 'like Venice' after heavy rains
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

989
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN