More ayes for the EU, fewer nays for the euro

More ayes for the EU, fewer nays for the euro
Stephen Finn; Miroslav S.
Swedish support for joining the euro has increased since May as support for EU membership has reached record levels, a new survey shows.

A total of 38 percent of Swedes would vote to swap the kronor for the euro were there a referendum today, up from 35 percent in May, according to a new survey from Statistics Sweden.

But the noes still have it, with a commanding 47 percent saying they would prefer to hold on to the krona, down from 52 percent in May.

In addition, 56 percent of Swedes stated that they are generally in favour of EU membership. In May this figure was only 51 percent and in November 2007 only 50 percent.

Support for Sweden’s EU membership is now at its highest levels since 1992. Support for the euro has some way to go however before it reaches its May 2002 peak of 45 percent.

It is only among voters supporting the Left Party where there is a majority opposed to Sweden’s membership of the EU.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Green Party voters expressed general support for EU membership with only 22 percent against. The party removed its demand that Sweden should leave the union last autumn.

Sweden held a referendum on joining the Euro in 2003 and 55.9 percent of Swedes voted against while 42 percent voted in favour.

The interviews which formed the basis of the survey were conducted between October 27th and November 24th.