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Moderates lead, Social Democrats decline: poll

TT/The Local/pvs · 14 Nov 2010, 09:01

Published: 14 Nov 2010 09:01 GMT+01:00

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The Moderates claimed 32.5 percent in a Skop poll, up 2.4 percentage points since the September 19th election. The Social Democrats came in as the second largest party, with 31.3 percent of the vote, despite a 0.6 point climb since the election.

The Christian Democrats however halved their election result, polling 2.8 percentage points.

The polls, which were conducted between October 17th and November 8th, come at a time when both the Social Democrats and Christian Democrats are openly discussing the leadership of their respective parties.

Social Democrat youth organization SSU is the latest to question the leadership of Mona Sahlin, with several SSU board members calling for her to resign in order for the party to have a chance of renewal.

Sahlin herself this week called on the party's executive board to resign and seek reelection, opening up the issue of the party leadership to discussion.

The Christian Democrat's continued decline is sure to strengthen those calling Göran Hägglund's leadership into question. Hägglund was roundly criticised recently for backing from one of the party's key policies - a stay-at-home childcare allowance.

Both the Moderates and the Social Democrats declined somewhat in the Sifo poll for November, while the Moderates remained the largest party on 31.8 percent, the Social Democrats polled 28.5 percent.

The third largest party is the Green Party, on 8.5 percent with the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) close behind on 7.8.

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The Sweden Democrats increased to 6.9 percent, ahead of the Centre Party and the Christian Democrats. The Left Party also increased, by 0.5 percentage points to 5.8 percent.

The Alliance government parties have a combined 48.8 percent, while the Red-Green opposition parties claimed 42.8 percent.

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Your comments about this article

10:05 November 14, 2010 by miss79
mona, is better to resign from the party
10:16 November 14, 2010 by Puffin
Well the Socialdemocrats need to sort out WHY no-one wants to be leader and WHY Sahlin got the job

She was not the first choice last time around - in fact I think she was around the 4th choice - so why aren't the other potential party leaders stepping up?

Also the party needs to take responsibility for the whole Orhly disatser - Sahlin tried to cet him out of the election pact a couple of years ago but the party refused to allow her to cut V loose - being burdened with a 1968 communist who is still manning the barricades was always going to be a disaster
11:30 November 14, 2010 by Chalupas
SD's rise to 6.9% is just a footnote in this article but when some member of the SD youth gets drunk in Iceland it is headline news. LOL.
12:49 November 14, 2010 by Syftfel
Is anyone really surprised here?
16:06 November 14, 2010 by shame, shame
@chapati and syftfel

Well I hardly think - Sweden Democrats fifth largest party - is the story here, do you? Paranoia does not make good journalism.
19:27 November 15, 2010 by manrush
They SocDems need a leader as visionary as Olof Palme was.

Anna Lindh could have been that leader.

Alas, she was taken from the world.
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