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Moderates least likely to vote in EU elections

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Moderate party secretary Kent Persson said there was still time to inspire voters. File: TT
16:55 CEST+02:00
More than half of Swedish voters have already or will "absolutely" take part in the European parliamentary elections - a significant jump from the last time around in 2009 - but Moderate supporters showed less ballot-box fervour.

More than 1,300 Swedes took part in the new Sifo poll commissioned by Europaportalen, an online paper funded by employer and employee organizations in Sweden. 

Five years ago, 46 percent of Swedish voters took time out of their every-day schedules to vote in the European parliamentary elections. The new Sifo poll found that this time around 52 percent of respondents said they would definitely vote, or had already done so.

Advance voting kicked off last week, with voters in Stockholm, for example, being able to turn up at any city library to cast their vote. 

Voters who sympathize with the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) and the Left Party were the most likely to head to the polls - seven of ten would vote or already had. On the opposite end of the scale, Moderate Party supporters were the least likely to exercise their right to vote. 

"There are ten days left until election day," the Moderates' party secretary Kent Persson told Europaportalen, adding that there was still time to rally the troops.

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Sixty-four percent of his party's supporters have no intention of voting.

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