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Opposition extends poll lead to achieve majority

TT/The Local · 13 Dec 2009, 11:53

Published: 13 Dec 2009 11:53 GMT+01:00

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If an election were held today, the Social Democratic, Left, and Green parties would receive 52.2 percent of the vote, compared with 40.8 percent for the four governing centre-right Alliance parties, a new poll by the Sifo polling company shows.

The 11.4 percent lead for the opposition marks a more than doubling of the opposition’s lead since Sifo’s early last poll in early November, when the three red-green parties held a 4.9 percent lead.

According to the Sifo results, the Green Party is now Sweden’s third largest party, with support of 10.3 percent of the voters, its best result since 1995.

“The party has been perceived as more able to govern thanks to its partnership with the Social Democrats. But the most important explanation is the debate about the climate, where the Green Party has a lot of credibility,” said Gothenburg University political scientist Sören Holmberg to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

Both Holmberg and Toivo Sjörén, head of opinion measurement at Sifo, believe the recent debate about sickness benefits has clearly affected the poll’s outcome in favour of the opposition.

The three opposition parties also achieved a majority in last Thursday’s poll from Statistics Sweden, while the Alliance received 42.5 percent.

And while the 5.1 percent received by the far-right Sweden Democrats in the Sifo poll put the part comfortably in the Riksdag, the party’s won’t hold the balance of power.

The Sifo poll results come from a survey conducted between November 30th and December 10th. The poll’s 1,901 respondents were asked “which party would you vote for if the election were held today”.

The complete results are listed below, with the percent change from Sifo’s previous poll in parentheses.

Social Democrats: 36.7 percent (+3.4 percent)

Moderate Party: 25.1 (-3.4)

Green Party: 10.3 (+0.6)

Liberal Party (Folkpartiet): 6.8 (-0.2)

Left Party: 5.2 (-0.7)

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Centre Party: 5.2 (+0.7)

Christian Democrats: 3.7 (-0.3)

Sweden Democrats: 5.1(-0.7)

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:06 December 13, 2009 by Beynch
Let's all hope that SD does gain representation in government. The established, tired, self-serving, old political cabal - with Social Democrats at the helm, needs to be taught a lesson!
12:49 December 13, 2009 by Dr. Dillner

I surely agree with your position on this.
16:30 December 13, 2009 by JoeSwede
True Democracy needs all players at the table for a good discussion.
17:42 December 13, 2009 by Leprechaun .se
Really Joe? So if a Nazi party was created you'd want them in parliament as well? SD in parliament is only good for racists. If you want a reasonable debate or a "good discussion" about immigration you don't send in fanatics like them.
18:16 December 13, 2009 by Nemesis
@ Beynch, Dr. Dillner & JoeSwede

If the Sweden Democrats ever get power, I will remind you of your comments as they deport you in a cattle truck for being an immigrant.
18:58 December 13, 2009 by Iraniboy
Lol@ Nemesis

But I understand why they(Dr Dillner and Beynch) think so. They are fully aware of SD's racial approachand they think that SD will only target immigrants with darker skins as a result they are exempted!!
19:17 December 13, 2009 by Nemesis
@ Iraniboy

Then they would be in for a shock.

They target a group first, then after they get rid of that group they move to the next and so on.

The SD intend to get rid of every single immigrant. Anyone who thinks any different is deluding themselves.
23:03 December 13, 2009 by ou2chi

For once I agree with you. vVery sharp insight. Well said.

@ Iraniboy

You have a point. Some folks seem to think that because they look more similar to some bad guys than someone else, they are safe. They haven't looked closely at the Nazi ideology.
07:16 December 14, 2009 by Rick Methven
The only immigrants that SD want here are those with blue eyes, blond hair and jackboots
14:36 December 14, 2009 by StuartM
It's good to see Swedes moving back to the left again - I just wish Vänsterpartiet would do a bit better though. Reinfeldt and Borg have over the last 3 or so years brought chaos and destruction to Sweden with mass unemployment, riots and a welfare state which is increasingly unable to meet its citizen's needs due to cutbacks and tax cuts for the rich. It's time for the Salin to come out and say clearly that the country needs a new direction away from all this neoliberal crap, it needs to return to the positive vision of equality and social justice which inspired people like Olof Palme and gave everyone a sense of purpose and hope for the future.
14:44 December 14, 2009 by rumcajs
@ rick, nemesis, iraniboy and leprechaun.

Irani boy is right. Beynch, Dr. Dillner & JoeSwede and all that kind of people are arrogant and think they are soooo great and wanderfull that they just don't count as "immigrants", but like something else... pure souls or whatever.

@ Beynch

"The established, tired, self-serving, old political cabal - with Social Democrats at the helm". I'll tell you something I say very often to my wife... "you knew I had a bad temper when you married me and you used to find it quite fun. Why do you complain now???"..... the same to you Beynch:

WHY THE HELL DID YOU COME TO SWEDEN IF YOU KNEW ALL THAT. WHY DIDN'T YOU STAY IN THE S**T HOLE YOU CAME FROM IF YOU HATE ALL THOSE THING THAT WERE HERE BEFORE YOU WERE EVEN BORN????? WHY DON'T YOU JUST GO BACK HOME??? OH, maybe cos Sweden is a much better place to live that your country.... so maybe that old political cabal is not that bad. Cos if it was, and you WERE soooo f**g great as you think you are arrogant i***t, you wouldn't be here... YOU WOULD'VE STAYED IN YOUR COUNTRY. BUT YOU DID COME HERE, SO WHAT THE HELL DO YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT NOW????
18:46 December 14, 2009 by Beynch
Oh. I thought we could have an intelligent discussion on the issues, as opposed to a profanity laced haranx. Your outburst is unbecoming even for a die-hard marxist like yourself. It's reminiscent of Nikita Kruschtjev's 1960, shoe-banging performance at the United Nations. But then again, like you, he too was an unforgiving stalinist, who did not tolerate dissent. I assume therefore that your brain is a wasteland stocked with SSU indoctrinated white-on-red invective. But thank you for your input. It was enlightening.
11:42 December 15, 2009 by rumcajs
@ Beynch

Dude. I've tried to have an intelligent discussion with you maaany times, but it seems to be impossible with such a FANATIC. You always come up with some statement that has NOTHING to do with the topic LIKE NOW...I tell you to go home and you talk about Nikita Kruschtjev... for God sake mate, just tell me WHY THE HELL DID YOU COME TO SWEDEN IF YOU HATE ALL THOSE THING THAT WERE HERE BEFORE YOU WERE EVEN BORN? SIMPLE QUESTION!! and I think I know the answer.... IT'S BECAUSE SWEDEN IS A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE THAT YOUR COUNTRY, AIN'T IT? So WHAT IS YOUR BLOODY PROBLEM???? WHY DON'T YOU LEAVE IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT? Or at least write your opinion without denigrating.

And for your information you fanatic: I'm NOT communist, I have never been and I don't think I'll become one. And I DO tolerate dissent; what I do NOT tolerate is idiotic arrogant racist ultra-right animals.

You guys believe in the law of the strongest like in the jungle, but when the pray gets angry you run and hide behind the "manual of politeness and good manners" calling "Marxist" everybody who doesn't agree with you... what's wrong mate? Weren't you so strong and great??? Don't run, get some testosterone and answer my question? WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN COME TO SWEDEN COS IT'S A BETTER PLACE TO BE THAN YOURS AND --DENIGRATE-- ABOUT SO MANY THINGS OF IT IN THAT WAY??? It's not that I don't agree with you --AND I DON'T--, it's that I don't agree with your BLOODY ARROGANCE!!! In fact, I wander if you are brave enough to talk like that without hiding behind your PC. SO, -YOU- ARGUE WITH FACTS, CRITERIA, POLITENESS AND TOLERANCE OR SIMPLE GO HOME IF YOU DON'T WANNA GET RUDE ANSWERS!

Ah, before you start p**ing outside the toilet again: I would say the same to a radical muslim or who ever who come here just to throw stones and complain about the contry that saved their beacon. .... cos u=you know what? YOU ARE THE SAME!!!
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