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Green Party makes ground among voters

TT/The Local · 7 Nov 2009, 09:06

Published: 07 Nov 2009 09:06 GMT+01:00

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Support for Reinfeldt is at an all-time high according to a survey compiled by pollster Synovate and published by newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

With 54 percent of voters pledging their confidence in Prime Minister, he has polled the highest level of support since becoming the Moderates party leader in 2003.

For the first time, however, Wetterstrand has emerged as his closest rival; 38 percent of voters back the 36-year old who has shared the Green Party leadership role with Peter Eriksson since 2002.

Wetterstrand has climbed over Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin and Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson to claim second place when it comes to voter confidence.

The result has prompted suggestions that she could take a more visible role within the election challenge from the opposition parties.

”If there is anyone who could pull over voters from the centre-right alliance it is Maria Wetterstrand,” Nicklas Källebring, Synnovate’s analysts told DN.

”It’s a situation where the where the opposition could gain by allowing Wetterstrand to take up debates with Reinfedlt instead of Sahlin,” he adds.

Sahlin is backed by 31 percent of the voters polled, just behind Centre Party leader Olofsson at 32 percent. They are followed by Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund (25 percent) and the Christian Democrats’s Göran Hägglund (23 percent)

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Wetterstrand’s fellow Green leader Eriksson fairs less well with 22 percent of support and voters show least confidence in Left Party leader Lars Ohly (20 percent).

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:34 November 7, 2009 by dogbasket
Wetterstrand mainly talks a lot of arrogant wind with very little substance. She lives in Stockholm and gladly talks about raising fuel taxes for motorists, but totally ignores the reality of transportation for Swedes who do not live in the three major cities. She also seems to want to replace nuclear power with some kind of fairy undiscovered alternative.

Another interesting aspect of this poll is that one can no longer say that Sahlin is an underdog just because she's a woman. Wetterstrand is like a machine gun spitting out bullets, while Sahlin talks to us like we were five-year-old children. Seems like the Swedes prefer a more butch approach than the condescending Mååna.
11:15 November 8, 2009 by Beynch
Anyone who makes inroads on Måååånas territory deserves an accolade. Don't be fooled however. These two are both of the same socialist ilk and one can not put it past them to create this scenario in cahoots with each other. Along with this pathetic Ådahl, that you can read about elsewhere in this forum, they should all be defeated in 2010. Neither of them has Sweden's best interest at heart, only their own political careers. Take back Sweden in 2010!
16:29 November 24, 2009 by abodee
hi where are u paris i want too see u at cam
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