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Fewer Swedes favour euro over krona: poll

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09:41 CEST+02:00
A clear majority of Swedes would vote against switching from the krona to the euro if a referendum on whether Sweden should adopt the common European currency were held today, a new poll shows.

According to a poll from Statistics Sweden (SCB), 60 percent of Swedes would vote against switching to the euro, while 28 percent indicated they would vote in favour, with 12.2 percent undecided.

The new report is based on interviews in May, after the outbreak of the Greek debt crisis, and indicates a clear shift in public opinion from the SCB November poll which was the first since the 2003 referendum which indicated a majority support for ditching the krona in favour of the euro.

While both men and women favour retaining the krona, differences remain between the sexes over levels of support for the euro (November 2009 figures in parentheses).

Among men, 31.4 (50.3) percent favour the euro, while 58 (38.4) percent want to keep the Swedish krona.

Among women, 24.2 (37.2) percent indicating they would vote yes to the euro, while 61.9 (50.3) percent said they would vote against switching to the European currency.

The bi-annual SCB poll which has been conducted since 1997 indicates however that Swedish support for EU membership remains stable, with 56 percent in favour in May 2010, unchanged in relation to November and May 2009.

The SCB telephone survey is based on 9,035 randomly selected voters. The fall off in the May 2010 survey was 32.1 percent which means that SCB interviewed 6,135 people from April 28th-May 30th.

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