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Record high support for Reinfeldt as PM: poll

AFP/The Local · 23 Aug 2010, 14:44

Published: 23 Aug 2010 14:44 GMT+02:00

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Reinfeldt, who heads the center-right coalition up for re-election on September 19th, garnered 63 percent of support in a poll of 1,000 people who were asked in which prime ministerial candidate they had the most confidence.

Only 18 percent of those questioned said they had the most confidence in his main opponent Mona Sahlin, a veteran Social Democrat who leads a left-wing bloc made up of her party, Sweden's largest, the Greens and the formerly communist Left Party.

Another 18 percent of people polled said they remained undecided, according

to the Sifo survey, published in the business daily Dagens Industri. The poll, conducted from August 16th to 19th, was the 13th identical survey conducted by Sifo since Sahlin took over at the helm of the opposition in 2007.

Monday's score was an all-time low for the opposition leader. Patrik Westander of the Westander public relations firm, which commissioned the poll, told Dagens Industri that Reinfeldt was perceived as a "calm and safe prime minister in times of global economic anxiety."

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"Reinfeldt has a very strong level of personal trust among voters," he told the newspaper. "The heightened trust can probably be explained by this spring and summer's signals showing improved economic developments in Sweden."

Another survey published on Friday showed Sweden's left-wing opposition nearly neck and neck with the ruling centre-right coalition. It handed Reinfeldt's four-party government 47.8 percent of voter intentions compared with 46.6 percent for the left-leaning opposition coalition.

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Your comments about this article

17:33 August 23, 2010 by glamelixir
Are you going to re write this information daily?

19:35 August 23, 2010 by krow
True talk. seems local is on the side of the Alliance. The news so far observed from local is supporters club in reality.
03:10 August 24, 2010 by JoeSwede
Well done. The Swedish economy has weathered the recession. Good economic decisions have led to a good present given the circumstances (the recession) and a hopefuly future due to the government debt level being low (see Spain, Greece Britain and France). Continued education and good safety net deliver an enviable high standard of living. Good city planning and public transportation mean that kronors spent are wisely spent.

Reinfeldt should be re-elected. Hopefully he'll win in a landslide. What's not to like. Do tell.
06:20 August 24, 2010 by glamelixir
ehhh.. mmm @Joe Swede, are you serious?

Do you know anything about politics?

The alliance plan is to actually invest LESS in public things and safety net darling, and if the hight standards of living you are talking about are thanks to the previous administrations. Even the city is dirtier since he started and we have seen far more people begging in the streets.

The last 4 years have been a chaos of unemployment and breaching socio economical classes.

When did you arrive to this country? Are you even living here?

Wait and see what happens if they stay for 4 more years.
08:20 August 24, 2010 by hpunlimited
Our Freddie is striking for homerun!


The beggars you see in the streets are at 99.9% of the time Romanian gypsies that are shipped in to Sweden to beg for money.
13:45 August 24, 2010 by miss79
dont care for romanian gypsies, we should concentrate on kids future not on some pathetic gypsies on streets!
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