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More Swedes against surveillance law

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More Swedes against surveillance law
07:30 CEST+02:00
Nearly half of all Swedes are against the wiretapping law which allows authorities to monitor all email and telephone traffic which crosses Sweden's borders, according to a new survey.

In a study by the Sifo polling firm commissioned by the Aftonbladet newspaper, 47 percent of respondents indicated they did not support the controversial new law.

More than one-third, 36 percent, said they supported the measure.

People who support the Moderate Party and the Liberal party are most positively inclined toward the law, with 53 percent responding they supported it.

Left Party supports are among the most negative, with 75 percent expressing their dissatisfaction with the legislation.

Small business owners and white collar workers are more positive to the law than blue collar workers and the unemployed.

When dividing respondents according to age, the greatest number of the law's supporters, 46 percent, fall between the ages of 30 and 49. Support is weakest among 18 to 29-year-olds, with only 11 percent indicating they favoured the measure.

Sifo polled 1,000 people for the survey.

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