Huge lead for Reinfeldt in voter confidence poll

Huge lead for Reinfeldt in voter confidence poll
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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