• Sweden's news in English

Moderates record highest ever support: poll

TT/The Local/vt · 26 Nov 2010, 16:25

Published: 26 Nov 2010 16:25 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The DN/Sydsvenskan/Synovate poll shows support for the Moderates at 37.5 percent, the highest level for the party in the measurement's 31-year history, compared with 27.7 percent for the Social Democrats.

The ruling centre-right coalition led by 10.5 percentage points over the opposition in the poll, with 52.7 percent support compared with 42.2 percent.

Social Democratic party secretary Ibrahim Baylan is not surprised by the party's level of support in the poll.

"After the last weeks' developments and events, I am not surprised that it has led to some uncertainty," he said.

Baylan does not believe that the polls themselves will affect the party's renewal process.

"I do not feel particularly worried because we know that the value of poll numbers early in a term is not necessarily an indication of how the election will go," Baylan added, referring to the party quickly polling a seemingly impregnable lead after losing the 2006 election.

"We had a strong advantage and we know now that it ended with the worst election since 1914," he rued.

The party's top executives met at party headquarters on Friday for the first time since leader Mona Sahlin stepped down two weeks ago to discuss the party's future.

"The actual election results are more than enough to instill a sense that we need change," he said.

The Christian Democrats would fall below the threshold to enter Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, with only 3.8 percent support. However, the Moderate, Centre and Liberal Parties would form a majority in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, if an election were held now.

Story continues below…

The executive committee of the Christian Democrats met on Friday.

At the meeting, embattled party leader Göran Hägglund addressed an email in which, according to Expressen, outgoing party secretary Lennart Sjögren scolded party critic Bengt Germundsson for his harsh criticism against Hägglund and the party leaders last month, calling it "inappropriate."

The party will appoint a new party secretary next month.

TT/The Local/vt (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

18:51 November 26, 2010 by facistland
May be the name like Ibrahim Baylan has something to do with the down fall of the Social Dems Party...understand what i'm saying?
18:57 November 26, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
When America is helping some one ofcourse its called a big dam support..
09:08 November 27, 2010 by miss79
imagine if sweden become a capitalist land, will ended up like britain..bombing n terrorist group everywhere..scarryy
10:41 November 27, 2010 by Kevin Harris

Spend less time worrying about capitalism, and more time worrying about capital letters. Your posts might seem a little less nutty then. Maybe.

14:15 November 27, 2010 by Puffin
Not really hard to get high support levels at the moment is it

??- the socialdemocrats and christian democrat parties are embroiled in leadership crises

- center and vänster have unpopular leaders
15:56 November 27, 2010 by 2394040
Who knows? Maybe Swedes will enjoy being Americanized when they get there. Unfortunately, it isn't working too well in America right now. Country's broke, lots of people out of work, many with no health care, very high cost for higher education, tied down in two unwinnable wars, etc. Yeah, maybe Sweden will like being Americanized.
16:19 November 27, 2010 by miss79
@kevinharris it might be nutty for u n others but thats the reality we are going to head soon
17:36 November 27, 2010 by Rap43
2394040 said:

"Who knows? Maybe Swedes will enjoy being Americanized when they get there. Unfortunately, it isn't working too well in America right now. Country's broke, lots of people out of work, many with no health care, very high cost for higher education, tied down in two unwinnable wars, etc. Yeah, maybe Sweden will like being Americanized."

Moderate-style/Neo-conservative governments only ever work for corporate interest groups and the rich. There are no exceptions to this that I am aware of. They will continue to cut social programs while continuing to collect the taxes and give it all to corporate contractors who will run state and public services for a 30% margin over existing costs. At election time they will build a few hospitals and fix a few roads and...

It is an old, tired programme designed only to get them re-elected and their corporate supporters rich... that way they have soft places to land when they leave public office...

The Social Democrats may have lost focus over the years, but it was their programs and structures that made tiny, little Sweden one of the most secure, stable and rich countries in the world.

The biggest problem today is that there are several generations of voters now who have never known anything but 'the good Sweden' They watch all the American propaganda and get sucked-in.

The powers-that-be need to equalize their markets to maintain obscene levels of profit and that can only be done by clawing back in the wealthy, industrialized world.

The next 4 years are going to be a hell of a ride...
22:38 November 27, 2010 by glamelixir
Wait until the rents go up next year. They are taking the law that puts a roof to landlords to increase rents.

Who is going to be able to pay the rent in Stockholm? We are going to collapse just like the US sooner or later with all this I Own and apartment (nope the bank does) and I will pay for it the rest of my life.

Prices for student apartments are just outreageous! 8500 for a 2 room apartment?and to increase next year... pfff.
11:09 November 28, 2010 by RobinHood
Why do so many posts here connect the Moderate party and the future direction of Sweden with the US?

The Moderate party seem to be making their own path, a path twice chosen by the Swedish people. The US does not have a monopoly on social and political development, nor a monopoly on being right or wrong. The path Swedes have chosen for themselves is their own. Leave the US out of it, and let the Swedes get on with it in their own sensible way.

According to the people, the Moderates seem to be doing a very good job so far. It is good news the government and people are so in step with one another.
19:12 November 28, 2010 by Youdee
"he rued"?
Today's headlines
Refugee crisis
Asylum requests in Sweden down by 70 percent
Sweden's migration minister Morgan Johansson. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Sweden received 70 percent fewer requests for asylum in the period between January and September 2016 than it did during the same time last year, the country’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson has revealed.

The unique story of Stockholm's floating libraries
The Stockholm archipelago book boat. Photo: Roger Hill.

Writer Roger Hill details his journeys on the boats that carry books over Stockholm's waterways and to its most remote places.

Refugee crisis
Second Stockholm asylum centre fire in a week
The new incident follows a similar fire in Fagersjö last week (pictured). Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police suspect arson in the blaze, as well as a similar incident which occurred last Sunday.

More misery for Ericsson as losses pile up
Ericsson interim CEO Jan Frykhammar presenting its third quarter results. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

The bad news just keeps coming from the Swedish telecoms giant.

Facebook 'sorry' for removing Swedish cancer video
A computer displaying Facebook's landing page. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

The social media giant had censored a video explaining how women should check for suspicious lumps in their breasts.

Watch this amazing footage of Sweden’s landscapes
A still from the aerial footage of Sweden. Photo: Nate Summer-Cook

The spectacular drone footage captures both Sweden's south and the opposite extreme, thousands of kilometres north.

Sweden could be allowed to keep border controls: EU
Police ID checks at Hyllie station in southern Sweden. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Sweden could be allowed to keep ID controls on its border with Denmark beyond the current end date of November, following discussions among EU leaders in Brussels last night.

Why women in Sweden will work for free by November
File photo of a woman working in a Swedish office. Photo: Anders Willund/TT

A new study into the gender pay gap suggests Sweden still has some work to do.

Look familiar? Meet your jawbone's ancestor
Thank God for evolution, eh?

There's something fishy about the human jawbone – it has its origins in the placodermi, a jowly species of fish that lived 400 million years ago, Swedish and Chinese researchers say.

Isis claims unremarked arson attack in Malmö
The arson attack took place on Norra Grängesbergsgatan in Malmö. File photo: Emil Langvad/TT

An arson attack in Malmö that caused only minor damage and was barely reported in the media has been claimed by terror group Isis.

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Here's where it could snow in central Sweden this weekend
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
7 reasons you should join Sweden's 'a-kassa'
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
Sponsored Article
'There was no future for me in Turkey'
People-watching: October 12th
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
People-watching: October 7th-9th
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
Missing rune stone turns up in Sweden
Nobel Prize 2016: Chemistry
jobs available