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Sweden Democrats in decline: poll

TT/The Local · 26 Mar 2010, 08:09

Published: 26 Mar 2010 08:09 GMT+01:00

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The Sweden Democrats' decline from 5.6 percent to 3.6 percent is deemed statistically significant.

The left-green parties retained their lead in the polls and would claim a majority of parliamentary seats if an election were held today.

The opposition coalition claimed a combined 49.1 percent of the voter support, with the Alliance government parties polling 44.5 percent. The gulf between the blocs has declined since February - from 6.6 to 4.6 percentage points.

The Green Party received their highest level of support for 14 years with 10.2 percent.

The Social Democrats polled only 33.7 percent however and once again came in under the record low showing in the 2006 general election. The Left Party claimed 5.2 percent in the poll.

On the Alliance side there were only small changes with the Moderate Party on 27.5 percent, Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) on 7.2 percent, Centre Party on 5.1 percent and the Christian Democrats on 4.6 percent.

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Synovate interviewed 2,699 people aged above 18 from March 8-24th and asked the question: If a parliamentary election were held today, which party would you vote for?

The poll was published in the Dagens Nyheter and Sydsvenskan dailies.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:16 March 26, 2010 by peropaco
Whch party is worse? Social Democrats or Sweden Democrats? A just and hones question!
09:28 March 26, 2010 by Kronaboy
And hopefully we will see the party and their views disappear into oblivion.
09:35 March 26, 2010 by Newyork-Växjö
That is good news

Nobody should give any vote to extremist parties, because their extreme idea would result another world war 3.

We should create a party and name it 'No-to-Borders' and we should work to unit all the world and remove borders among the children of Adam.

Here is a poem. this was in Persian but translated

The Children of Adam are limbs of each other

Having been created of one essence.

When the calamity of time afflicts one limb

The other limbs cannot remain at rest.

If thou hast no sympathy for the troubles of others

Thou art unworthy to be called by the name of a man.
10:18 March 26, 2010 by livinginsweden
Sweden Democrats ... at least they are honest people who are not ashame about what they believe in.

There are many 'closet racists' in Sweden who do the politically correct thing in public and when it gets them votes.... ... but will often say racist things when they are caught off guard. At least with Sweden Democrats, we know exactly where they stand. Good luck SD

ha ha
10:51 March 26, 2010 by Per Johansson52

Being a honest does not mean to insult other humans to say white is better than black.

Foreign policy

The Sweden Democrats believe that immigration, Islamization, supranationality (e.g., the European Union), cultural imperialism (mainly from the USA), and globalisation are threats to Swedish culture. The party wishes to pursue a looser co-operation between Sweden and other European states.
13:36 March 26, 2010 by glamelixir
@ Per Johansson52

One question, just because I am interested in learning more.

They are against immigrations but they still want some cooperation with the EU. What is their position about immigrants from the EU?

Thank you
13:46 March 26, 2010 by Sjayna
Good news...The SD and its zombies of human garbage are finally on their way to dump, where they belong...
13:53 March 26, 2010 by Amerikat
Closet racists, eh? Why does it always become an argument about race ?!?!? Because that's how simple minds argue who have no basis for rational thought !! Can't we just have opposing views about the redistribution of wealth? Just because I am white, should I be the slave to your financial irresponsibility ? Should I vote for socialism just because my parents did? Being hypocritical like making your own vodka, complaining about the taxes, then voting for a socialist. Now that's not even understanding your own opinions and convictions, just blind stupidity.
16:13 March 26, 2010 by Glempa
Any party that breeds on racism, xenophobia and nationalism should be roundly condemed, and there is no virtue in being honest about your xenophobia.

A decline in these nationalist parties should be cheered, both here and the rest of Europe.
17:45 March 26, 2010 by Uncle
Clearly not many here went to their site and read what they want. All they propose is adopting Canadian immigration policy. Meaning bringing people who will work and contribute to the economy and not sit on it's neck.

They want to assist poor abroad rather than bring them here and put them in ghettos like the socialists did. Also they offer a better education to those who are accepted in Sweden and stricter requirements on them to integrate, speak the language and work.

They also are for extradiction of immigrant criminals (including religious radicals) and dispersion of the immigrant population all over Sweden.

I propose to those who are interested, to go to their site. There is plenty of info also in English. Everything will become clear next elections.
17:56 March 26, 2010 by cbeynch
I only want the Social Democrats to disappear into oblivion. SD at least says things that need to be said. Out loud. The Social Democrats with its Marxist invective outserved its usefulness back in 1959.
18:16 March 26, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Good post Uncle. I wonder how many posters took the trouble to go to the source of the facts instead of relying on second-hand analysis. Personally, I suspect the SD's website isn't entirely truthfull about its plans for Swedish immigrants, but that's besides the point, it's always interesting to hear what they have to say. That doesn't mean I have to agree with, or vote for them. I don't and I won't.

20:48 March 26, 2010 by calebian22
There are lies, damn lies and then there are statistics- Mark Twain

Surveys are bunk. The Sweden Democrats will have a strong finish in the upcoming elections.
21:07 March 26, 2010 by Uncle
Exactly, calebian22. They just need to show their views in a better publicity, The moment people will understand that they are not nazis and not even"far right" - they will grab huge chunks of the votes.

Kevin Harris - thanks. I would not be so categorical. I was quite negative towards them as well, until I read some more of what they actually think. Any normal person would consider their views quite moderate and reasonable (except for those who come here with their 17 kids and never work, or while working, never pay taxes and still collect A-kassa)
00:05 March 27, 2010 by Sjayna
Sd use the same strategy that all extreme groups have used throughout the history..They make people scare by claiming that some groups can take over their society, that swedish (non) culture/'spirit of togetherness' are threatened, that there are big economic costs... The violence, crimes etc don't depend on issues as poverty, unemployment, education...No,no, of course not,it is all about ethnicity and a lack of ASSIMILATION policy..The party gladly present the costs of immigration but, strangely enough, forget to show the incomes. For exemple, why don't this amoeboids mention that around a quarter million companies are run by people with foreign backgrounds???

It is obvious that the Sd supports are unsure and alienated little group of people who have difficulties to accept the non-static and changeable world around them.

Go and read about their one-way and thoughtless policy, if you are smart enought you find soon out what their goal is and that our democracy is threatened by its xenophobia and racistic ideas...SD = ONE COUNTRY - ONE PEOPLE - ONE FAMILY TYPE - ONE RELIGION - ONE LANGUAGE ... Who wants that?!
03:35 March 27, 2010 by Davey-jo
Sweden democrats: once the democrats have democked will they disappear like the snows of last winter?.
11:15 March 28, 2010 by Elton John
calebian22: I doubt that. Since Alliansen is having problems I believe that some will vote for (kd) and (c). They know that otherwise Mona Sahlin will be the next prime minister and they would hate that.

Uncle: Speaking of 17 kids, (sd) want to raise the "vårdnadsbidraget" and "föräldrarpenningen". And your comment about "A-kassa", they want to raise that one too. Finally, your comment about "never pay taxes", of course everyone do that, it's called "mervärdesskatt" in Sweden, aka. "moms". Maybe you should browse their web page and see what really think.
11:40 March 28, 2010 by americanska
Most people don't realize that the political right in europe means something completely different than the US.

In europe is means these guys. in the US is means free-market and smaller government.

it's too bad that there are no real small government parties sweden, it would unleash the potential this country has.
14:17 March 28, 2010 by Elton John
americanska: I agree. The Sweden Democrats are to the "right" when it comes to the question of immigration, thats it. When it comes to almost every other political question they are to the left. Heck, they are in some ways more socialistic than the Social Democrats.

There is a libertarian party in Sweden, but they are very (very) small: liberalapartiet.se

In some ways I think Piratpartiet qualifies as a liberal party too.
20:45 March 28, 2010 by Rebel
If Sweden was worth saving their people would be having more than 1.5 children per woman. A culture that cannot maintain replacement fertility is about as worthless as an expensive computer with a virus in its programming.
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