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Huge lead for Reinfeldt in voter confidence poll

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Huge lead for Reinfeldt in voter confidence poll
09:58 CEST+02:00
An overwhelming majority of Swedish voters consider Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt better equipped to lead a government than opposition leader Mona Sahlin, according to a new Skop poll.

When asked which of the two leaders has the skills it takes to lead a government, 75.5 percent of respondents selected the incumbent prime minister, with 24.5 percent opting for Social Democrat party leader Mona Sahlin.

Almost all voters with centre-right sympathies, 98 percent, said they would place their trust in the Moderate Party leader. By contrast, just 54 of those backing the Red-Green coalition alternative reckoned Sahlin was the right person to head a government.

Reinfeldt's lead was less convincing when voters were asked which of the two candidates would be most fun to sit beside at a dinner party: 58.5 plumped for the prime minister, while 41.5 percent would prefer to sit down for a chat with Sahlin.

Skop's poll results are based on interviews carried out from May 30th to June 15th with 1,100 people in the age group 18-84.

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