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Voter trust in Lööf hits historic low

Voter trust in Lööf hits historic low

Published: 27 Dec 2012 10:37 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Dec 2012 10:37 GMT+01:00

Only one in five Swedish voters say they have confidence in Centre Party leader Annie Lööf, who now is the second least trusted party head in Sweden trailing only the Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson.

Trust in Lööf's leadership has sunk 5 percent since last year, according to results of a Sifo Institute opinion poll ordered by the tabloid Aftonbladet.

A year ago, when she was relatively new in the job, Lööf had a third of voters' confidence.

A Centre Party representative told The Local there would be no official comment on the latest opinion poll.

It is a historic low for the party as no other leader has had such dismal voter support since Aftonbladet began its series of Sifo polls 17 years ago.

The 30-year-old politician has also seen support for her leadership among her party's voters fall.

Nine percent say they have either "confidence" or "high confidence" in Lööf. That figure is down 19 percentage points since the last poll.

Many Centre Party supporters were hoping that Lööf, who also took on the job as enterprise minister in September 2011, would inspire an upswing in voter support or even attract new voters.

But any "Lööf Effect" is not discernible in the polls, which also show that if elections were held today, the Centre Party would get 3.9 percent of the votes.

As there is a 4-percent threshold to get into parliament it would wreak havoc on the party and endanger the government coalition.

The prime minister, however, still enjoys the highest confidence rating of all the political party leaders. Fredrik Reinfeldt today has 62 percent of voters' trust while 48 percent of Swedes feel confidence in his main antagonist, opposition Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven.

The leader of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party, Jimmie Åkesson, has the lowest confidence rating at 12 percent.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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12:45 December 27, 2012 by byke
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
14:59 December 27, 2012 by fareasttiger
She has a look of an imbecile, but i'm quite sure she is good behind the curtain...
15:39 December 27, 2012 by moonstep1969
There's an error in this article. The percental confidence rate for Stefan Löfven is 48%, not 58%.
15:59 December 27, 2012 by The Local
Thank you @moonstep1969, well spotted. That's fixed now.
16:35 December 27, 2012 by johan rebel
So the Swedish voters don't trust her even though she is young and kinda cute? They must have been brainwashed by a bunch of diesel-fueled frigid genusforskare from Södertörns "university"
17:22 December 27, 2012 by fareasttiger
These imbeciles want to open sweden's borders and welcome all that want to come...they want to empty all the refugee camps in africa and middle east and take them all to sweden, because according to them "sweden has alot of space for every one". They want to create a parasite...ops, I meant paradise on earth...and why not? Sweden is already a heaven on earth, especially in Malmö and Stockolm and so on...these people are truely work wonders. Hey Sweden, take a effing good look at that effing face...you should be so effing proud...right?
19:12 December 27, 2012 by dizzy09
I don´t know about u guys whenever i see this red hair lady, politics is the last thing on my mind :)
19:20 December 27, 2012 by Svensksmith
Lots of wide open space in Saudi Arabia. And the climate is so much better.
21:46 December 27, 2012 by wxman
The way she's gesturing, it's as though she knows what it would be like to take hold of me.
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