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MPs support Sweden Democrats isolation: poll

TT/The Local · 4 Aug 2010, 08:58

Published: 04 Aug 2010 08:58 GMT+02:00

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The survey, commissioned by the Göteborg-Posten (GP) newspaper, comes after a voter opinion poll published on Tuesday which indicates that the anti-immigrant nationalist party held the support of 6.5 percent of the electorate and could thus hold the balance of power after the September general election.

Parliamentarians in favour of working to marginalise the Sweden Democrats argue that parties should cooperate to prevent them from attaining a possible kingmaker role.

But support is not unanimous with 19 percent ruling out a cooperation across the blocs and 15 percent responding that they were uncertain on what to do.

GP interviewed 148 of the 349 members of the Swedish parliament, the Riksdag.

SD representatives have argued in response that the survey's results indicate a lack of respect for the electorate.

"Many would feel let down, which I think would benefit us in the longer term," William Petzäll, SD press secretary, said to GP.

The United Minds-Cint poll, published in the Aftonbladet daily on Tuesday, handed the Sweden Democrats a record 6.5 percent support - well above the four

percent threshold for entering parliament.

The poll also indicated that nearly 46 percent of people intended to vote for the ruling centre-right coalition while 45 percent said they would vote for the centre-left opposition coalition, leaving neither side able to attain a stable majority of parliamentary seats.

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With less than a percentage point difference between the two main blocs, SD, would likely hold the balance of power, observers said.

"It is probable that we will have a very messy parliamentary situation after the election," Carl Melin of United Minds said.

All of Sweden's parliamentary parties have ruled out cooperating with the Sweden Democrats, which has never held any parliamentary seats but is represented in several municipalities across the country.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:15 August 4, 2010 by Renfeh Hguh
Sounds like a typical Swedish reaction to an issue that makes them feel uncomfortable. Close their eyes and ears to hope it goes away.

More and more people will switch to SD if the major parties to not make any effort to manage immigration rather than maintaining the unsubstainable and unmanaged approach Sweden uses now.
13:19 August 4, 2010 by Nemesis
Typical Swedish policy, hide your head in the sand while a problem grows, instead of facing it down.

There is major problems with immigration in Sweden. The main political parties need to realise that.

If they don't realise that, the Sweden Democrats will take more support.
13:48 August 4, 2010 by Nika-NM
his augurs rather badly, what on earth is holding those 19% of parliamentarians down? Any better prospect of getting rid of SD?

And those in limbo not knowing where to look, there's no time for kicking your heels, do you guys really want SD as kingmakers and imposing their xenophobic ideologies on every single decision made? One there's less than one percent stalemate dithering about is the least thing you want to do
15:18 August 4, 2010 by Audrian
"SD representative argued the survey indicate a lack of respect for the electorate" What does this statement mean?
05:05 August 5, 2010 by Frank Lee
The Sweden Democrats sound a bit like the American Tea Party folks in that their supporters are trying to make the main parties respond to the electorate's wishes. For this reason I don't see the Sweden Democrats getting anywhere. American politicians have a fairly good record of listening to the electorate (much to the chagrin of liberals and Europeans). I don't see the track record of Swedish politicians as being nearly as good. The Swedish system will find a way to exclude them.
07:28 August 5, 2010 by Nemesis
@ Frank Lee

American politicians make a point of only listening to special interest grops such as the oil industry, military suppliers and banks.

They have not listened to ordinary people for about 50 years.
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