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Surprise vote of confidence in Reinfeldt: poll

The Local · 3 Apr 2010, 10:22

Published: 03 Apr 2010 10:22 GMT+02:00

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In response to questions on who would best represent the country abroad and steer the country through a serious crisis, around 70 percent of respondents to the Synovate poll, published in the Dagens Nyheter daily, opted for Reinfeldt over left-wing opposition candidates.

Sahlin, who heads up the Social Democrats, received a 16-percent vote of confidence when it came to representing Sweden abroad and 19-percent support for leading the country through a profound crisis, while Greens co-leader Maria Wetterstrand received 15-percent backing in both cases.

Asked who would best lead the government work after the next general elections on September 19th, 55 percent of respondents picked Reinfeldt over Sahlin, who garnered 26 percent support, while 64 percent picked him over Wetterstrand, who received 19 percent backing.

The poll results were surprising following recent surveys showing that the left-wing opposition parties would likely come out victorious over Reinfeldt's right-leaning governing coalition.

A Synovate poll last month hinted that the three-party opposition enjoyed nearly 50-percent voter support, compared to 43 percent for the four-party government which includes Reinfeldt's Moderate Party.

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Several polls by other polling institutes have since then shown a narrowing gap between the blocks however.

Thursday's Synovate poll of 1,006 people over 16 years of age was conducted from March 24-30.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:38 April 3, 2010 by PonceDeLeon
Weekly 1000 person polls are meaningless and pointless..
16:07 April 3, 2010 by Markus D
I agree it´s important not to rely too much on polls, but nevertheless, it is still 1000 persons asked over a 7 day period; so it means something.

Time will tell, but I think it´s becoming clearer that Reinfeldt´s Alliance government will get in again. Perhaps even with a bigger majority than in 2006?
17:42 April 3, 2010 by ladyluck37
May want to add another "r" into the first word of the headline.
18:33 April 3, 2010 by Tall swede
What's sup(prise)?
09:01 April 4, 2010 by miss79
13:10 April 4, 2010 by PonceDeLeon
Surprise... Letter to the editor.. It means the Poll takers need to invest a little more time and effort before trying to pass off their dribble as news... Can't wait until next week when Mona Sahlin et. al. has made a "surprising" comeback. "Really" I just spoke with 10 people in line at ICA..
16:21 April 4, 2010 by Larry Thrash
Another disappointment for the media.
08:24 April 5, 2010 by Kronaboy

Dude must have taken you ages, WOW that's like half the population of Northern Sweden.
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