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Social Democrats at 10-year low: poll

TT/The Local · 24 Jun 2010, 09:25

Published: 24 Jun 2010 09:25 GMT+02:00

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With less than three months to the general election, polls are now being published almost daily. The Red-Green opposition, which has held a commanding lead over the government for most of the past four years, is now trailing the centre-right coalition, according to the poll commissioned by newspapers Sydsvenskan and Dagens Nyheter.

The four governing parties had the support of 49.1 percent of voters, while the opposition has 44.5 percent support.

Support for Mona Sahlin's Social Democrats has fallen by almost 2.5 percentage points since May and by 5 percent since April. The party’s 30.0 percent rating is its lowest in ten years.

The Moderate Party are at 33.1 percent, an increase of 1.3 points since May. The centre-right lead of 4.6 points is within the margin of error, but the opposition had a lead of 8.1 points as recently as April.

The poll confirms a number of other recent surveys, which also showed a small centre-right lead over the opposition.

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The Social Democrats are losing support primarily among voters under 44 and particularly among those under 30.

Synovate interviewed 2,973 people over the age of 18 between 7th and 22nd June. They were asked: ‘If there was a parliamentary election today, which party would you vote for?’

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:20 June 24, 2010 by nic_tester
Maybe the SAP is suffering from the same disease as the alliance has suffered for so many years? Ie, sweden has 2 conservative parties (KD & M), 2 liberal parties (FP & M) etcetera?

Now sweden has 2 social democratic parties as well (S & SD) ?
10:37 June 24, 2010 by Mib
Considering the appalling affect the creidt crunch has had worldwide, Sweden has survived very well considering. Of course, the Banking crisis in the 90's helped to some degree, but the policies in place in addition to the innovation by Swedish business has helped minimise the effect.

The current Government deserves another chance in power and as a result I hope it will change the opposition parties to change their old fashioned approach to Government. Wealth tax, no questions aksed welfare benefits, all rich are evil attitudes are a reflection of black & white politics. The world is changing quickly and these old politics will be exposed even more when the like of China and India start to become the real economic global powers. Change now or decline. A declining opposition is of no benefit to anyone as it allows the governing party to become lazy, just like the old socialists who have ruled much over the last 70 years!
12:00 June 24, 2010 by miss79
why published the daily polls?so the moderates can get more buying voters is it?
13:15 June 24, 2010 by Audrian
What is happening to the Social democrares in Sweden is a slippery slope; no one for sure knows when the sliding will stop. The case in point was the US under President Regan. This great speaker made Americans feel good about themselves after their defear in Vietnam. He was a conservative leader with consevative ideas. He managed to errode social programs while expanding military expenditure. The motion which he started continued under the presidents that followed. Consevativism became it. The US today is not only a heavily indebted country it is also at war in Middle East. Inequality has more than doubled between the classes in the last twenty years. One in every four children in the US do not have enough to eat. Save the Children, an organization that normally operates in developing countries, is engaged with food distribuution in parts that are most hit. The US has the larest homeless people in the world.

Without a strong social democratic input, capitalism will trample on workers right as it had done in 18th, 19th and most of 20th centuries and makes the social system unstable. T

The US has all the elements for a civil war. That the population is apolitical acts as a break to any civil disorder perhaps for some time to come. I do not this you went Sweden or Europe to be like the US
15:02 June 24, 2010 by comfortably_numb

Not sure if I would go as far as saying civil war would break out in US, but I definitely agree with all that you said. The next civil war in the US (if there is going to be one) will definitely be a war of classes, and the poor would definitely outnumber the rich.

I really hope Sweden does not take the same direction as the US, although the signs so far does not look promising. There are many studies now that show, once a society reaches a certain level of economic growth, anymore growth does not necessarily mean a more healthy economy. (it also depends on how u measure "growth") - More equal societies have now been proven to have higher levels of happiness and content amongst its citizens (much like what Sweden was during the 70s and 80s).
16:11 June 24, 2010 by AdamVikingen

SD is not a Social democratic party! SD is a far-right party (I am Swedish, SDs politics are the complete opposite of the Social democrats)

If i could vote (but im 1 year too young) i would vote for either the "Left party" or the "Greens" (why do the local call them "the Greens" Anyway? that's not there name, the correct name is "The environmentalist Party"

I wouldn't vote for the Social democrats because i really dont like Mona Sahlin! I dont say she is a bad politician but she is impossible to compromises with, when they like where gonna get "The Left party" to join the opposition they of course as all parties would, they had demands, but Sahlin refused almost everything, thank god to Maria Wetterstrand who talked the lefts party to join in anyway! She (Maria Wetterstrand) is a fantastic politican^^
17:03 June 24, 2010 by calebian22

"I do not think you want Sweden or Europe to be like the US."

After living here for almost 2 years, I don't know why the US would ever want to model itself after any European country, even Sweden. Get off your imagined high horse.
18:56 June 24, 2010 by Mib
You need capitalism as much as we need social policies. One does not survive without the other. Capitalism and social aspects have to be regulated and monitored for the benefit of everyone. Without regulation and monitoring, you get the recent credit crunch issues and welfare abuse and waste of large amount sof money ie. in the recent budget, it was stated that there are families receiving up to £104,000k. Civil servants earning six figure sums...some earning more than the Prime Minister and earning bonuses, which seems to be paid regardless of what happens.

You see high earning people in the private sector paying less tax than the low paid cleaner...receiving vast bonuses and payoffs even after their tenure has been a terrible disaster. You see UK politicians, claim back millions and millions for items they were not entitled to. The UK Government ignored the warnings about high levels of mortgages given to people based on forms they filled out themselevs and were never verified to see if they earnt what they wrote down.

Unfortunately, it's human nature to be greedy...to want more....and as in the examples above, it's not capitalism or socialism that is at fault. It is the lazy, stupid and greedy people in a position who think only about themselves that cause the extremes we see today. You need regulation and monitoring by independent authorities who have no incentive other than to make sure the rules are followed. But that is not all...how many people have been prosecuted for corruption, other criminal acts for the recent credit crunch. Not many!! So, what incentive is there for people to stay on the right side of the law!!!

It is no coincidence that Sweden fared better than others in part due to the regulations brought in the early 90's due to their banking crisis!

The Social Democrats continue with their old ways, because they think that is what people want. Their are some idealists, but the likes of Sahlin say one thing in public and do something else ie. don't pay for a TV license and take unnecessary taxpayer paid trips to exotic countries. And that brings me to my point, we must have a system in place that encourages politicians to do the right thing for the country and I don't mean 4 yearly elections. We must have legislation in place that takes away projections, stats etc from the Government and hand them out to independent authorities and have the right to remove politicians if they fail to meet a minimum charter ie. attend and vote at least at 70% of parliament votes......have a budget which they must justify to their consitutents,...and if broken..they are out....the lists can go on and on and I 'm sure there are better ways to do this. So people, are you willing to change the system or sit idly by and let them tell us how it is.
20:29 June 24, 2010 by Laurence F
You keep making up so-called facts about President Regan.

The basic problem is that you did not understand what he did or what happened to the economy. It is not Sweden that helped free millions of people in Eastern Europe.

You don't understand "true" Capitalism and Free Markets. You live in some fantasy world, where socialism defines the meaning of Capitalism. You are a bunch of scared little children afraid of the "things that go bump in the dark."

As for War, one is reminded of your disgraceful co-operation with the Nazis. America makes mistakes. If, you do nothing I guess you can never make a mistake and you must be perfect people. Enjoy your perfect society. Oh, what is happening in Malmo? Are things starting to fray around the edges?
20:38 June 24, 2010 by comfortably_numb

Your right, democracy does not mean showing up to elections once every few years, putting a cross besides someones name, waiting to see what they do for 4 years and then doing the same thing again.

Real democracy calls for "participatory" politics wherein members of society are active participants in what goes on in the parliament and decision making.

And we are long ways away from that in any western country.
21:39 June 24, 2010 by tommycapes
Why would anyone want to vote for a party that will automtically take 2500 out of your pay packet to support scroundging lazy work shys.

If you work you should get paid , if you dont. FIND SOME WORK!
04:33 June 25, 2010 by Frank Lee
As an American, I find the suggestion that the United States is at risk of slipping into a civil war just too bonkers for words. We have just seen the Greeks rioting against sane measures to try to stave off insolvency. At the same time, ethnic and religious tensions are rising in Europe, while in America they have steadily grown weaker. Europe: take a look in the mirror, please.
05:10 June 25, 2010 by glamelixir
@ tommycapes

Ok, tell me your background in studying sociology, and economic history.

2 questions

1- why do you assume those workers are lazy?

2- Do you think that jobs grow from trees?

I have worked since I was 14 years old. Non STOP!

2 years ago I became unemployed, send 25 cvs a day and didn't get even one job interview... according to arbetsformedlingen it is because I am overqualified...

So, someone that studied like hell, did a brillant career and an outstanding cv can't get a job... do you really blame it on lazziness? Don't you see there is a crisis?


And btw, I don't get one ore from the taxes, I even refused to cash my alfa kassan the last months I had a right to just cause I felt even worse...


You deserve to go through this just to see a wider spectre.
13:03 June 26, 2010 by miss79
tommycapes forgot that we are in the crisis now..even rich countries like singapore and brunei has alot of jobless problems (mind u, they are richer than sweden)
13:15 June 26, 2010 by steve_38
Laurence F you are so funny.

Saying what Sweden did during the second world war was a disgrace is correc t but the USA did the same, Opel in Germany was run by an American under GM ownership until 1940. USA was happy selling to both sides during 1939/40. The only reason the US is a super power is because it profiteered during the early part of WW2 JUST like Sweden.

Like the comment above generally political parties are moving ever closer to the middle ground and this makes it more difficult.

We recently in the UK booted out the Moronic Gordon Brown and his mad Labour party now run by Harriet Half Brain.

Labour and the Social Democrats are great at making societys where they drag everyone down to the lowest common denomiator.

I think young people in Sweden perhaps may want to live in a socitey where fairness is not making everyone the same but realising if you want to work hard you should be paid more and if you dont want to work you dont get anything after all this is a fair situation.

The curent goverment needs one more term to prove they can chnage things for the better and distribute more wealth to those who want to work harder than the rest(fairness).
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