Swedish ‘euro support highest since 2002’: poll

Swedish support for the introduction of the euro is at its highest level since 2002 as the June EU parliamentary elections approach. Both the Moderates and the Social Democrats are tipped for election success.

A new poll from Skop shows that 45 percent of Swedes want to see the krona scrapped in favour of the euro, the highest level of support since 2002.

51 percent of Swedes remain against the introduction of the euro, a significant decrease on the 22 percentage point lead in September.

“If the strong support for the EMU and euro holds then it could have consequences for this year’s (EU) elections,” says Birgitta Hultåker, a Skop analyst.

The poll indicates that both the Moderate party and the opposition Social Democrats can expect success when the European parliamentary elections are held on June 7th 2009.

The poll indicates a support of 35.6 percent for the Social Democrats, 11 points up on their showing in the last election in 2004. The Moderates came in at 31.7 percent, an increase of 13.4 percent.

The Green party also made gains in the poll but all the other parliamentary parties declined.

The four Alliance parties claimed the support of 47.7 percent of voters in the poll while the three party opposition polled 47 percent.

Birgitta Hultåker notes however that participation in EU elections have traditionally been low in Sweden. With euro advocates more likely to vote, support for the single currency could have a significant impact on the outcome of the election, she explains.

The Local reported on January 19th that less than a third of Swedish voters were aware that an election was even scheduled for 2009.

In the last EU election in 2004 the voter turnout was 38 percent.