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Alliance lead, far-right in parliament: poll

TT/The Local · 16 Aug 2010, 08:09

Published: 16 Aug 2010 08:09 GMT+02:00

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Sifo's August poll, published in several morning newspaper on Monday, shows that the Alliance hold a lead of 3.6 percentage points in comparison with 3.3 points in its previous poll last weekend. The slight change is however not categorized as statistically significant.

"The only thing one can be certain of is that it is very close between the blocs," Toivo Sjörén, head of Sifo's surveys, to the Svenska Dagbladet daily.

The Social Democrats crept up slightly to 31.3 percent, up from 30.6 percent and reclaiming their spot as the largest party, ahead of the Moderates on 30.5 percent.

14.1 percent of those surveyed responded that they either planned to submit a blank vote or have not yet decided how to vote, equating to 800,000 votes.

"This is an incredibly close election and we will fight to the last to gain renewed confidence," said prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to news agency TT.

If an election were to be held today the far-right Sweden Democrats would not only claim seats in parliament, they would hold the balance of power between the blocs, the survey shows.

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"We don't know what is around the corner in the next mandate period. To secure a stable government is to secure the public finances and stability in the welfare system," Reinfeldt said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:45 August 16, 2010 by Mo
to gain surely
15:28 August 16, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Interesting dynamic that the Sweden Democrats have gained so much recently. Anyone care to offer a explaination? (I have my own ideas, but I don't want to take the risk on TL of sounding like a islamophobe)
15:40 August 16, 2010 by xenyasai
If Sweden turns into a right-wing country I have no idea where to go.
16:33 August 16, 2010 by miss79
well is gonna be Kaos once Sverige democrates and reinfeldt wins..after all thats wat they want..a capitalist party and a nazi party working together..attracting more terrorist here in sweden..poor my country
19:29 August 16, 2010 by Byggare Bob
The Sweden Democrats have not increased in support lately, they have been bouncing around 4% for most of the mandate period. The difference is the closer it gets to the election the more important that 4% means, as it is the threshold for parliamentary seats - 3.99% nothing, 4% balance of power.

All the major parties have ruled out working with SD. Either the winning coalition will form a minority government or the Greens will choose a pragmatic path and find common ground. That is Bob the Builder's analysis.
21:02 August 16, 2010 by Jan M
My theory is that with a significant level of unemployment in the 18-24 age group the Sweden Democrats can pedal a xenophobic message and persuade enough voters that they don't have jobs because of immigrants rather than because the current government couldn't care less about supporting them. Does anyone really think that a governing party which has adopted a strategy of cash handouts to buy votes in the coming election isn't capable of reaching an agreement with the SDs if it means clinging on to power? Also an interesting silence from those parties on the death threats story. Very easy to say that such things have no place in Swedish politics and yet absolute silence. I do hope the intelligence services trace the people responsible. A compulsory deployment in Afghanistan would be an eye opener for them.
21:33 August 16, 2010 by Rebel
Perhaps Mr. Obama's statements about a mosque at Gound Zero will help the SDs.
22:48 August 16, 2010 by Syftfel
The alliance will coast easily to victory with or without SD. Question: When will the media stop referring to SD as a "far right" party. What is "right wing" about wanting a fair immigration policy? In either case whether or not SD gets a foot in parliament Sweden will not become a "right wing" country (although I'm not sure what that means). So relax, your social benefits payments and your A-kassa, will keep coming. And your bostadsbidrag will remain. And the unions will continue their to demands for the foreseable future. And to call the Moderates a "capitalist" party and SD "nazis" is offensive. This is not what it's about. Come down to Earth!
00:05 August 17, 2010 by Jan M
Just as a quick reminder to those whose memories are failing. At the last election the Alliance defeated the Social Democrats in spite of a booming economy and an unemployment rate that was 3% lower than it is now (http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id/04453.pdf). The reminder is necessary because the Moderates would now like the world to believe that their greatest achievement is a strong economy. The reality is that that was inherited and is now for sale. Anyone wishing to bid for a bit of Swedish industry please contact Anders, chief cut-price auctioneer. Anyone wishing for some cash in the back pocket (provided by the taxpayer in the first place incidentally) please contact Frederik. In other words not capitalists but to coin a British phrase 'spivs' or alternatively 'dodgy used car dealers'. My only question is if they didn't have an inheritance to flog now what would their politics actually look like?
18:46 August 17, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer

Absolutely correct. Both here in the US, and in Sweden, you are labeled as "un-american/swedish xenophobe" if you want a tougher immigration policy, or if you want the goverment to simply enforce the laws already in place. The incoherant branding and lobbing of these "racist" projectiles to the opposing party's viewpoint is beyond absurd, unfounded and very ignorant. I'm getting tired of the media, from thier self proclaimed left viewpoint, label them as "right wing". Of course everything right of you is right wing! I can't tell you how many swedes I've talked to in the past couple years that have changed thier social democrat affiliation to purchasing life memberships with sweden democrats. The Nazi label is definately worn out.
14:56 August 18, 2010 by rumcajs
@syffel and gefle,

If you work 5 days per week and in the weekend have 3 or 4 beers, tha's cool. But if you have 4 beers everyday, you'd be an alcoholic. Same here, if the SD have some immigration reforms in between some other more important things, thet's fine, but if that's the main reason of the party existence, dudes, I would say they are racist.

@Syffel, If you are American is quite understandable that you don't know the difference between right and left cos you have only right (based on my own experience), but what I don't really understand is your unbelievable lack of curiousity, cos it'd be quite handy that you have a look in the internet before decraring your self "an ignorant" so openly.
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