Confidence in Swedish government at two year high

Confidence in the Swedish government is increasing, while the public's faith in the Social Democratic opposition is sliding, according to research by polling institute Skop.

The government is doing a good job, said 37 percent of respondents, compared to 22 percent who felt that it was doing a bad job. The result represents an increased ‘confidence balance’ – the gap between the percentage who say it is doing a good job and a bad job – for the government of 15 percent.

The last such poll was carried out in late August and early September, before Sweden changed government in the September 17th election.

The clearest change since then is the dramatic decline in the number of people who think the government is doing a bad job – from 35 percent then to 22 percent now.

“The government is enjoying the greatest degree of public confidence that a government has had since May 2004,” wrote Birgitta Hultåker in a press release.

The confidence balance for the Social Democrat oppostion is one percent – 32 percent of those polled think the Social Democrats would do a better job than the government, while 31 percent think they would do a worse job.

“The government has so far managed to retain the high confidence which the conservative alliance had in its opposition role before the election,” wrote Birgitta Hultåker.

Skop interviewed a thousand people aged between 18 and 38 for the poll, between October 25st and November 21st.