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Alliance on course for absolute majority: poll

TT/The Local · 29 Aug 2010, 11:55

Published: 29 Aug 2010 11:55 GMT+02:00

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The four centre-right Alliance parties amassed a combined total of 50.0 percent in Sifo's fourth August poll, enough to secure a slim absolute majority in the Riksdag.

The three Red-Green parties bidding to oust the government scored 43.3 percent, giving the Alliance a 6.7 point lead, according to the survey published in Svenska Dagbladet.

The far-right Sweden Democrats soared back over the 4 percent parliamentary threshold, securing the support of 4.6 percent of respondents.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's Moderate Party remained the country's largest party with a 33 percent share of voter sympathies, up 0.9 points on last weekend's poll.

Mona Sahlin, Reinfeldt's rival for the prime ministerial post, also received a boost in the poll with 30.8 percent of respondents siding with the Social Democrats, a rise of 0.7 percentage points.

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The Liberal Party by contrast witnessed a 1.6 point dip in support, bringing Jan Björklund's party back down to 6.2 percent.

Sifo asked 1,420 potential voters between August 23rd and 26th which party they would vote for if the election were held today.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:40 August 29, 2010 by McChatter
I've said it all along and I'll keep on saying it:

Mona's a loser.
14:48 August 29, 2010 by Great Scott
The only losers here are normal working people.
15:17 August 29, 2010 by eZee.se
Back to back articles about the Alliance.

Not saying this site is biased or anything, but...
15:18 August 29, 2010 by miss79
buying voters again?
15:24 August 29, 2010 by here for the summer
@great Scott .. How do the working people win if the jobs do not exist . This has to be about growing the economy and creating jobs and opportunity. The Greens should join the Alliance. Nothing wrong with having Green in the Alliance we all want clean water and air.
19:30 August 29, 2010 by planethero
erm to those moaning this is bias...........

are they not just reporting who is in the lead, the election being pretty newsworthy.
22:43 August 29, 2010 by Luke35711
There is yet hope for this country. Sighhhh!
23:35 August 29, 2010 by McChatter
@#2 Great Scott

The "normal working people" get their jobs from the normal employers, not from the politicians. What they create always costs "the normal working people" money.

See #5 "here for the summer".

We have to produce items (cars, for example) not just push cash around.

What kind of jobs has Mona ever produced?
09:10 August 30, 2010 by RobinHood
"The only losers here are normal working people"

How ironic. It's those "normal working people" who have deserted the red/greens, for the Moderates. During their term in government, the Moderates have established themselves as the proper place for "normal working people". Those nice people clearly don't see themselves as "losers".

Modern Sweden now seems to have a party for "normal working people", and a party for "normal non-working people". It's up to whoever replaces Mona after the election to find a way to appeal to the portion of Swedish society that works for a living. Not an easy task with the Left Party opposing any attempts to do so.

If I were that person, I would dump the Left Party after the election and spend a bit of time finding out what those "normal working people" want from a modern Social Democrat party. Because right now Swedes seem to think the SD's have no idea, and the Moderates do.
12:12 August 30, 2010 by glamelixir
@here for the summer

What has the Moderaterna done in this 4 years for a growing economy when we are seeing Sweden worse than ever? People talk as if having them now will bring a change, why didn't they fixed things now that they HAD the chance?

Name me one neo liberal country in which the middle class wins? name me a new liberal country in which insecurity because of poverty is not an issue? Name me a country in which after talking these politics more and more people become poor and only a few get super rich?

It just makes no sense, Sweden has been the country leading the standards of life for decades because of their social democratic policies. If you (in plural, any who doesn't) don't agree with that go back to your beloved USA and live your life as you want to.

The Green party, the one in my heart, shouldn't and won't join the alliance because they have morals. We want a better world for everyone and not for just a few.
14:12 August 30, 2010 by miss79
i agree with u glamelixir..goverment should take care of their own citizens not MAKING money out of them or forced them to work..by controlling sjukvård it doesnt create jobs..nobody wants to get sick or die..by cutting the taxes it makes more stuff expensive..privatising schools uni, education are for all not for just rich people..n those people who has jobs, well of course now ur working but think oneday if u get old n sick, watcha gonna do?begging on streets like some parts of asia like indonesia?
19:41 August 30, 2010 by Douglas Garner
hey miss79... a system that cuts down on those that take advantage of bidrag benefits and who are actually capable of working helps to reduce the need for tax increases and is quite responsible. There are plenty of swedes who take advantage of the system and I find it repulsive...

I know, I know, to take such a strong stand is simply not done in Sverige and it is much more fun to bitch about immigrants. In every society, there are givers and takers... Sweden is just starting to seek a point of justice for both!
07:29 August 31, 2010 by flintis
Time to close the doors & find employment for the unemployed, thus reducing the social/unemployment benefit costs = more money to schools, hospitals, health service, pensioners, lower taxes, etc etc.

The Red/greens offer no more than neo-communism & restrictions on everything, (except if your a union rep for LO you probably get discount on sexual services), higher taxes, higher population, higher unemployment, higher benefit costs = bankruptcy
13:56 August 31, 2010 by americanska
I'm glad that Sweden seems to be falling out of love with their socialism just like most modern countries. They have a long way to go but they seems to be moving in the right direction.
17:20 August 31, 2010 by here for the summer

Do you think the Alliance doesn't care or have morals? I think they would say they care very much and that they want the best for everyone too . Just that they think this is best accomplished with a different mix of policy than proposed by the RED-GREEN. If you really want to see a bad example in europe the best is when the left/communists controlled the east. People starved and were jailed and executed and nothing was good.

@miss79 most of asia is not a good example of capitalism. Mostly State controled developing economies where things believe it or not are better now than at anytime in the past.
17:28 August 31, 2010 by Vetinari
@ glam: You seem to have missed that entire "global recession" that have been going on. Not caused by the Alliance, but dealt with by the Alliance. You should notice that Sweden's economy is doing pretty well in comparison to other countries.
18:21 August 31, 2010 by here for the summer
The only alternative, Red-green includes the left/communist party. The left party has a shocking history. For example they organized a memorial for Stalin at his death ( biggest mass murderer in history ) and supported the Soviets position in their 1956 invasion of Hungary.

15:34 September 1, 2010 by rumcajs
@here for the summer,

"If you really want to see a bad example in europe the best is when the left/communists controlled the east." You cannot compare that either. It was hardcore communism. I'm in CZ and my wife's family lived in those times.


If according to you Sweden has been all this time soooo wrong, why did you come here? Do u just pick a country in the map (randomly) and move there knowing nothing?
10:56 September 3, 2010 by MrHappy7
Why vote? No - its not 'apathy' but quite the other way round. By NOT voting you can no longer blame 'government' for your woes - you're out of their system. Instead, you become responsible - you act for yourself (With apologies to Tom Hodg. & Prince Peter Kropotkin)

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