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Swedes' party loyalty very much in play: poll

TT/The Local · 11 Sep 2010, 19:48

Published: 11 Sep 2010 19:48 GMT+02:00

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“The election is still undecided. We’re aware that many people are now entering the phase when they start to decide,” prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt told the TT news agency on Saturday.

While poll after poll have shown given the advantage to the centre-right Alliance, nearly a quarter of their supporters indicated they may switch sides, according to the results of a Sifo poll published in the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

In addition, the Red-Green coalition is doing everything it can to mobilise its supporters and get people to get up off the couch and vote for the centre-left opposition.

The responses collected from 1,125 respondents in the Sifo poll indicate that around 1.2 million Swedish voters may abandon the voting bloc with which they traditionally identify, with centre-right supporters showing they are slightly more likely to switch.

Of voters who identify with the parties of the centre-right Alliance, 24 percent said they can imagine voting for the Red-Green bloc.

And among Red-Green sympathisers, 22 percent are open to jumping the fence and voting for the centre-right.

Speaking in the strongly centre-right Stockholm suburbs of Täby and Nacka on Saturday, Reinfeldt said he was well aware of voters’ shifting allegiances.

“That why today, in the speeches I’ve given, have chosen to urge people to think, and to vote for a strong government so that the situation we’ve had – with a stable governing majority – can remain,” he said.

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The prime minister added that shifting voter sentiments are something which much be considered carefully in the final days before the election.

“It becomes clearer that you have to focus on those who haven’t yet made up their minds,” said Reinfeldt.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:46 September 12, 2010 by shaon72
Many of foreign voters are going to vote to socialdemokraterna.As I am new in Sweden and going to support


Thank you.
12:52 September 12, 2010 by RobinHood
Can't you find a better reason for voting for a party than that many other foreign voters are going to do the same?

You're not so new to Sweden you haven't had time to find out for yourself.
16:29 September 12, 2010 by ChrisEdmSkiBum
While its not really a good idea to vote for a party just because others are doing it. You can't really deny that the center left coalition tends to have better policies and outlooks in regards to foreigners. This is not saying that the center right have none, just that the left parties are in general more favourable for foreigners. I agree on this and support the left, although my vote will not go to socialdemokraterna, it will go left.
16:58 September 12, 2010 by calebian22
Hmm, the Alliance has reduced taxes on workers in Sweden. That should be a good reason to vote for the status quo, unless you don't want to work, and then the Social Democrats might be a better choice.
22:42 September 12, 2010 by miss79
dont listen to other people, if u want to vote for mona just go ahead..u decide ur life..not everybody else, they have no right to tell u wat to do
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