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Swedes think Daniel will do good job: poll

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Swedes think Daniel will do good job: poll
11:13 CEST+02:00
Seven out of 10 Swedes believe that Daniel Westling will do a 'good job' as a prince of Sweden, following his marriage next week to Crown Princess Victoria.

Women and the elderly are the most positive, as well as Swedes who currently support Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative-liberal alliance, while the young are the most doubtful, according to a joint Demoskop and Expressen survey.

"Daniel has surprisingly strong support in all groups, particularly considering know so little about him," Anders Lindholm, president of Demoskop, told Expressen.

Very few Swedes - only 3 percent - believe that Westling will do a poor job as prince. Most who doubt the future prince's abilities of the prince are in the younger age groups. Eight percent of all under the age of 29 believe that Daniel will conduct himself badly or very badly.

The survey also shows that more than half of Swedes think that Crown Princess Victoria Sweden's most capable representative.

"That Victoria, and also Daniel, are so popular right now is partly about identification," Lars-Erik Berg, a professor of social psychology at the University of Skövde, told Expressen. "Victoria is young and beautiful - and many probably dream about being like her."

He added, "The wedding hysteria illustrates the lack of play and pleasure in our daily lives. The wedding is like a role-playing game - similar to those that children play in kindergarten, where they can play at being princesses. We play that game and become a bit happier."

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