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Moderates are largest party: poll

TT/The Local · 22 Jun 2010, 13:35

Published: 22 Jun 2010 13:35 GMT+02:00

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Fredrik Reinfeldt's Moderates claimed top spot for the first time in a United Minds/Aftonbladet poll ahead of the Social Democrats on 28.8 for the Social Democrats.

"The closer the election the more importance afforded to questions about the economy, growth and the ability to manage state finances. In these issues the ruling Alliance has the upper hand," said Carl Melin, Survey Manager at United Minds.

But the four-party government coalition's continued grip on power after the September 19th election is threatened by the far-right Sweden Democrats who polled 5.6 percent in the June voter survey, sufficient to claim seats in parliament.

If the poll was an indicator of the election result then the Sweden Democrats would hold the balance of power, although both the centre-right and centre-left blocs have categorically ruled out cooperating with the party.

The centre-right coalition polled a total of 46.4 percent, nudging ahead of the centre-left on 45.5.

United Minds poll results, June 2010 (changes since May 2010 in parentheses)


Moderate Party 29.9 (+0.1)

Centre Party 4.8 (-0.1)

Liberal Party 6.8 (+1.1)

Christian Democrats 4.9 (+0.2)

Total: 46.4 (Election 2006: 48.2)


Social Democrats 28.8 (-2.2)

Left Party 6.6 (+0.1)

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Green Party 10.3 (+0.3)

Total: 45.5 (Election 2006: 46.1)

Sweden Democrats 5.6 (+0.1)

Others 2.5 (+0.5)

United Minds, in cooperation with Cint, interviewed 1238 people from May 24th-June 20th and asked the question: How would you vote if a general election were held today?

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:13 June 22, 2010 by here for the summer
Wish the center-right would win, even if it requires cooperation with the Sweden Democrats is that so bad ? Is being anti immigration in a country with one of the higher percentage immigration rates in the world really that bad?
15:30 June 22, 2010 by rumple123k
I do not really mind too much who ends up victorious, so long as they stay in the eu long enough to let me move!! I hope I'm not under attack from the Sweden Democrats I do plan to integrate. Is there no news on the Pirate Party I thought they were polling well? Or have they disspeared?
20:28 June 22, 2010 by amuharun
Effective welfare system we need, doesn't matter which party is coming to power.We pay 30% tax so we want benefit of this. Common people must have unemployment benefit for a certain period. Sick people must not be forced to come back at work. I am in good health and have a good job. But if any accident happen that I lost my job or get permanent health damage then I am going to suffer. So what is the use of this high tax. Small number can be false sick but for them rest shall not suffer. That is stupid politics. Think about using qualified immigrant with an equivalent Swedish course.Lot of immigrant Doctors Engineers and other professionals driving taxi or unemployed.

Now people stressing more just because to have an extra job, effective deltid Akassa is not existing, but tax we paying almost same. Parents cant give time to children, because they running from one to another job. 6 months dark and cold then lot of stress for maintaining financial budget. Everybody can not get full time job. So they suffering. Semester, going out with family, eating in a restaurant everything become very stressful. So couple of years later these over stressed people will get psychical and mental sickness. State must think about that now in advance before implementing so hard policy. At the same time if kids are not getting enough time from parents then they will get bad effect in future.over stressed parents can not give good time to kids. We are really sleeping nation if we don't care to whom we vote and why we vote for.
21:10 June 22, 2010 by miss79
buying voters from moderaterna..
00:24 June 23, 2010 by USA Is Number 1
Anti-immigrant sentiment may win votes for some in Sweden but that bankrupt approach of the Swedish Democrats won't be a winner for Sweden in the long-haul since Sweden needs immigrants in order to try to keep the Ponzi-like scheme of social welfare entitlement programs on life support as long as possible for Swedes.
00:48 June 23, 2010 by JoeSwede
Is social welfare entitlement programs a Ponzi-like scheme?
01:43 June 23, 2010 by glamelixir
@ amuharun Spot on and brillant

@ miss79 I have the same feeling every time the local posts this news.

I hope Sweden goes out of the EU actually (even though I am an immigrant!), for the best. This country won't be able to afford supporting the chain reaction of countries who will collapse.

And Local... please! be posting this new every second day you are starting to show how obsequent you are towards the existing government. It is also as lame as it is your postings on the Royal wedding.

Do you have any real journalists working or is it just a group of unemployed expats willing to translate?

I offer my service here! haha
08:05 June 23, 2010 by shame, shame
Interesting article. There really has been a dramatic turnaround in recent months and with only the summer to go before the election it is useful to know the lie of the land.
09:32 June 23, 2010 by miss79
glamelixir, the moderates thinks that the swedes are dumb blond people n easily to be manipulated by the propaganda..the fact is, half of the population of swedes are not rich n studied until high school level..we all know if the moderates are in power next year it be katastroph for sweden like we see now private apoteket, private sjukvård, sick and handicapped people need to work, no equality for man and woman especially for job salary..damn this ass politicians needs to be kick out after september!
13:25 June 23, 2010 by USA Is Number 1
Joe Swede,

Most social welfare programs operate like a Ponzi scheme, taking in money now to pay others who may or may not have already paid into the scheme directly or otherwise. When new contributions and new contributors dry up for the Ponzi schemes, the schemes and their operators end up in trouble.
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