• Sweden edition
 
Centre Party plumbs new lows: poll

Centre Party plumbs new lows: poll

Published: 20 Jan 2013 11:37 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Jan 2013 11:37 GMT+01:00

The party polled 3.2 percent in the Sifo poll published in the Svenska Dagbladet daily on Sunday, below the threshold for Riksdag seats.

The poll comes following weeks of crisis for the party after a rift opened over the new party programme which included radical new ideas on immigration, polygamy and changes to compulsory education.

Party leader Annie Lööf was forced to cut short her holiday in early January in order to return to Sweden to deal with an ongoing crisis stemming from opposition to the platform, set to be presented at the party's conference on February 5th.

Lööf has since tried to stem the flow of criticism from some party members by reiterating her desire to jettison proposals legalizing polygamy and inheritance rights.

Talking to The Local last week, Lund University political scientist Mikael Sundström, explained that the party is in the midst of a transition and this has created conflict between more socially liberal and more libertarian members.

The Centre Party has been struggling in voter polls for several years but Sunday's poll is the lowest since 1967, when Sifo first began conducting regular surveys.

The major parties meanwhile advanced in the poll, with the Social Democrats up 1.5 percentage points to 33.6 and the Moderates climbing 1.1 points to 29.3 percent.

Sifo interviewed 1,935 voters between January 7th-17th and asked who they would vote for if an election were to be held today.

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

Your comments about this article

12:32 January 20, 2013 by snowtiger
What about the SD, good news for them bad news for you?
15:06 January 20, 2013 by Iraniboy
It seems we are expecting a new era of Social Democratism! If either of KD or CP lose their seats Socials Democrats become the next government! Now it seems both of them are losing which practically means we should expect a Social Democrat government no matter what!!!
18:48 January 20, 2013 by Spyronic
Full results for those interested. SD is the 3rd largest party right now, almost doubling their support from the last election despite constant demonisation by the green and liberal/marxist media of Sweden.

C 3,2 (-1,3)

FP 6,2 (+0,8)

M 29,3 (+1,1)

KD 4,5 (+0,9)

S 33,6 (+1,5)

V 4,6 (-1,3)

MP 9,0 (-0,7)

SD 9,1 (-0,9)

Anyone interested in swedish opinion polls specifically regarding SD can go to status.st
20:47 January 20, 2013 by ragdoll
Can't they dump Oofa Lööfa. She's not very good at her job.
20:56 January 20, 2013 by NyDag
Yep that's what happens when you propose bigotry be legalized and propose that any tom dick or harry can just come to the country and start sponging off it. Lööf is the biggest moron i've come across in years in politics, and that's saying a lot,
22:08 January 20, 2013 by Iraniboy
It is interesting some are very interested in SD vote! The fact is that they can never participate in Swedish governance unless they reach 50% of the vote! So in practice they can only weaken the right coalition which will eventually help Social Democrats to come to power.

The reality is that other Swedish parties find themselves too far from SD that there is no chance to make a coalition. There is more chance that Moderates join Socials democrats than SD. On the other hand this 9% can never reach 40 or 50 % to create a government. A typical Swede will always remain supporter of Social Democrats and a typical middle class businessman one will always remain with those who understand economy like Moderates and not some red-tempered low educated guys no matter what happens to Sweden and no matter how right SD is!!!
04:40 January 21, 2013 by snowtiger
Perhaps, but it's more than enough for them to make an appointment for you to meet your 72 virgins if the situation turned south. I have two words for you..."Golden Dawn", it's just a matter of time before the right-wings accross europe will adapt to their tactics. Nobody counts on the swedes to initiate anything, but other countries might not sit back and let their countries overrun by your illiterate clans. When that happened, believe me it's very hard to contain.
10:19 January 21, 2013 by Iraniboy
@snowtiger

Heheh I don't think you actually live in Sweden. You are deeply brainwashed. I feel for you! :)
12:36 January 21, 2013 by snowtiger
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
12:53 January 21, 2013 by Iraniboy
Exactly! Yes it is very pathetic ! How does it feel now? :D
13:47 January 21, 2013 by snowtiger
The welfare office is closed today right idiot? How about go mess with your own cousin huh?
14:57 January 21, 2013 by Iraniboy
You don't know even the name of the office you are talking about let alone talking about being open or closed !!! In Sweden we usually do not visit offices. Thanks to recent technology you can do everything online ;)
22:33 January 21, 2013 by godnatt
Well, I guess the clueless lefty fools in living in the lilly white fortress of Vasastan found out that a platform catering entirely to immigrants isn't going to fly these days...

Congratulations on sending a whole flock of new voters to SD.
Today's headlines
Elections 2014
Six big headaches for Stefan Löfven
Stefan Löfven: a man with a lot on his plate. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

Six big headaches for Stefan Löfven

Stefan Löfven has started talks to form a new government, but the former welder faces huge challenges in bringing together an administration that will work. The Local explains why. READ  

Business
Microsoft to buy Swedish Minecraft makers

Microsoft to buy Swedish Minecraft makers

UPDATED: Microsoft announced on Monday that it was buying Swedish company Mojang, which was behind the hit game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion (17.9 billion kronor). READ  

Presented by Stockholm Business Region
Introducing... Starting a business in Stockholm
A business meeting in Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Trygg/Imagebank Sweden

Introducing... Starting a business in Stockholm

Does the dream of your very own business in Stockholm seem unattainable? It may be much, much closer than you think. Stockholm is the largest city in Scandinavia - and its possibilities are endless. READ  

Elections 2014
Election puts economy in 'fog of uncertainty'
Maria Rankka, head of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, is worried about restrictions on foreign workers coming to Sweden. File photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD /TT

Election puts economy in 'fog of uncertainty'

Sweden’s currency took a hit and business leaders warned of a rocky road ahead as the country awoke on Monday to the prospect of a left-led government for the first time in eight years. READ  

My Swedish Career
How I became a surf blogger in Sweden
John Brodie's back. Photo: Private

How I became a surf blogger in Sweden

Surf's up with The Local's Swedish Career chat this week. We've taken a turn from the norm and talked to John Brodie who's kicking off what looks like a promising career in surf writing. READ  

Elections 2014
Sweden's Prime Minister and Finance Minister quit
Reinfeldt hands his resignation to speaker Per Westerberg. Photo: TT

Sweden's Prime Minister and Finance Minister quit

Outgoing Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has handed in his resignation after his right-wing Alliance was defeated at the polls on Sunday. His Finance Minister Anders Borg has announced he is leaving politics too. READ  

Analysis
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson celebrates in Stockholm. Photo: TT

How Sweden Democrats went mainstream

The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats have become the third largest party in a country famous for its egalitarian ideals. The Local's Maddy Savage explores the reasons for their success. READ  

Elections 2014
ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis
Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven. Photo: TT

ELECTIONS BLOG: Updates and analysis

The Local blogged live throughout Sunday night as our reporters watched Reinfeldt resign as prime minister, Löfven declare he was ready to lead the red-greens and the Sweden Democrats celebrate becoming Sweden's third largest party. READ  

Interview
Green Party: 'We didn't succeed'
Green Party co-leader Gustav Fridolin. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Green Party: 'We didn't succeed'

While the Green Party did not become Sweden's third political force as it hoped, it is set to govern alongside new prime minister Stefan Löfven. The Local spoke with Gustav Fridolin, one of the party's two co-leaders. READ  

Behind the scenes: Election night 2014
Is the the Alliance's last photo op as Sweden's government? Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Behind the scenes: Election night 2014

The Local reported live from the main parties' election events on Sunday night. Our reporters shared their insights ahead of the results. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Business & Money
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Blog updates

12 September

EU sanctions: necessary, effective and timely (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Regular readers of this blog know I’ve written about the Russia-Ukraine crisis here. Today I’ve chosen to share an article by the UK Minister for Europe, David Lidington, with my readers: This week the European Union imposed further sanctions on Russia. This decision followed months of destabilisation of Ukraine by Russia, and months of political..." READ »

 

12 September

Editor’s blog (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, With the Swedish election just days away, we’ve spent the week bringing you the latest headlines from the final stages of the campaign. Polls suggest that the gap between the ruling Alliance parties and the Social Democrat-led opposition is narrowing, but the result is far from certain. We’ve put together a list of five possible..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
National
Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods
Politics
Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto
Tech
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
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

846
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