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Scandal-hit king sees popularity plunge

TT/AFP/The Local · 28 May 2011, 11:51

Published: 28 May 2011 11:51 GMT+02:00

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Just 44 percent of respondents in a Dagens Nyheter/Synovate poll published on Saturday believe the king should stay on as monarch, while 41 percent want the embattled head of state to abdicate in favour of his daughter, Crown Princess Victoria.

The poll reflects a dramatic shift in public opinion: just over a year ago the king enjoyed the backing of 64 percent of the populace, with 17 percent calling for Victoria to take over.

Support for the monarchy as a whole has also dropped, with 66 percent now backing the institution compared to 74 percent in March 2010.

Peter Althin, chairman of the Swedish Republican Association (Republikanska Föreningen) described the dip in support for the royals as “encouraging and positive”.

“If it continues at this rate, a majority will soon be opposed (to the monarchy),” Althin told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The king does still enjoy the support of much of the population, however. Henrik S Järrel, a royalist and former Moderate Party member of parliament believes the downturn in popularity will be short-lived.

“It will turn,” he told news agency TT. “People have short memories.”

The Synovate poll confirms opinions seen in other recent surveys and comes shortly after commercial broadcaster TV4 claimed it had viewed pictures of the king in a strip club in the same shot as two women having sex.

TV4's report came as a new book said friends of the king had been willing to pay large sums of money to block the publication of pictures of him in compromising situations.

One of his friends, Anders Lettström, admitted on Monday to contacting an alleged mafia boss to ask for help to negotiate with the strip club owner and stop him from making sensitive material public.

The latest reports come just over six months after a tell-all biography of the king hit the bookstands, causing uproar with its descriptions of his participation in wild parties and affairs with young women.

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The claims surfaced less than a week after the court announced that Carl XVI Gustaf's wife, German-born Queen Silvia, had launched an investigation into the nature of controversial ties between her father and the Nazi regime.

That probe came on the heels of another investigative report by TV4 that Silvia's father, whom she had previously insisted was not politically active although he was a member of the Nazi party, had taken over a German factory belonging to a Jew in 1939 as part of an "Aryanisation" programme.

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10:56 May 28, 2011 by star10
Isn't it a norm for Swedish youth to have wild sex? If I am correct, he did it when he was young and that is perfectly in line with Swedish "culture".
11:37 May 28, 2011 by johnny1939
Also this shall pass. The King is a normal man and this is what normal men do. If men are faithful to one person it is only a lack of opportunity. I would call it abnormal. Oh boy, will people hate me now hehe
13:06 May 28, 2011 by procrustes
I would bet a significant piece of change that this entire attack on the King is part of an orchestrated campaign by radical feminists who can't wait for Victoria to take the throne. Victoria should step up and tell them to stop it, that she doesn't not want to become queen out of scandal. In fact, if she really has a backbone she would issue a statement that if her father abdicates due to scandal then she will also abdicate.

Sweden's radical feminist group began in the seventies (maybe earlier) as "Group Eight." They were/are a bunch of male-hating crazies.

I hope Sweden's Social Democrat resurrection sidelines the radicals and gets the feminist agenda back to issues of equality and misogyny instead of man-hate ideology.
13:16 May 28, 2011 by Syftfel
No, it is not an attack by radical feminists. It is an attack by anti-royalists and other socialist vermin who will latch on to this story and demand the abolition of the Kingdom. These anti-royalist scum will not rest until the Royal family is gone and Sweden has been turned into a marxist hell hole modeled on the good old DDR.
13:36 May 28, 2011 by Finnish guy
Isn't time to get rid of royals. It just archaic relic from undemocratic past and against modern values. And it is unnecessary expense for taxpayers.
16:57 May 28, 2011 by johnny1939
Let's replace the King w/ PM Juholt!!!
18:01 May 28, 2011 by wenddiver
Player Haters!
19:29 May 28, 2011 by zircon
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the president of the Republic of Sweden... Sound good? Or at future Olympic Games, the representatives of the Republic of Sweden...
20:17 May 28, 2011 by foordranata
"People have short memories."

I do not think so. Absolutely EVERYTHING is scribed to this thing called internet these days.

All you need to do is type "Carl XVI Gustav and you can spend a weekend reading about the guy.

For me that whole royalist idea is so alien I can´t think of this "King" as nothing more than a clown. A very useless clown.

Why pay tax money for somehing like that when everyone can "save the world" and be a star on U-tube?
22:12 May 28, 2011 by zircon
Choose direction in history for thy country blah, blah, blah....: the king's treasury or people's treasury (napoleonistic ambitions).
23:59 May 28, 2011 by infidel2012
What a complete waste of taxpayer money.

It's time for the royal pain in a$$ family to get out of dodge and make way for a Swedish president.

But even before that, start sending back the fake asylum-seeking, mulim-insurgent, terrorists-trash that's turning Scandinavia into a real sh*thole : )
01:25 May 29, 2011 by Larry Thrash
Monarchy is a national symbol not a dictatorship like in ancient times. The socialist/Marxist have become that, dictators. The modern state wants to control every aspect of human activity, controlling what kind of car you drive, what food you may eat, how much money one is allow to keep, one must worship the religion of climate change, the state is good, private business is evil, minorities are good (as long as they aren't caucasians), man must be controlled to save the Earth. The modern aristocrats (Marxist elitist) exempt themselves from these rules we "little people" must live under. Yes, Orwell had it correct. Under socialism/Marxism "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others".

Sweden keep your traditions. If you give up what makes Sweden, Sweden, Sweden will be not more.
01:49 May 29, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Is that a photo of the King or is that the coach of the Swedish farting team.
01:55 May 29, 2011 by foordranata
@Larry Trash:

Monarchy is a symbol, that´s for sure, but a symbol for what? For people´s need of a father/moher figure? The "reality show" royals or what the hell?

One has to marry himself into that scene or be born in that scene to be royalty. After that the press hunts you and you can show off your shiny teeth for the camera.

It´s a goddamn birthright for these people to be filthy rich and be absolutely useless clowns. Gimme that job! I´ll build myself a moving bathtub filled with oatmeal and I´ll cruise around Stockholm swimming in oatmeal, having sex and pouring some porridge around for the poor folks.
02:09 May 29, 2011 by Larry Thrash

Calm down, there is no need for such an irrational rant.
09:22 May 29, 2011 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Time for him to go ? His silence is almost as pure as an admission of guilt ( aka T. More) When Victoria delivers the goods he´ll retire maybe.....
10:24 May 29, 2011 by spy
Off with his head.
12:23 May 29, 2011 by swedejane
@Larry Trash

Climate change isn't a "religion", it's science. I know religious people like to ascribe supernatural actors to every noise that goes boo in the dark. Fact remains, climate change is science...I know empiricism must be a difficult concept for the pious to grasp.

The matter at hand though, any kind of "royalty" is clearly anachronistic. What does this so-called "king" have to do to get below 50% popularity? Sexual escapades outside the sanctimonious "royal" marriage...check. Associating with gangsters...check. Completely out of touch with the average swede...check. I'm sure if there was video of him involved in animal sacrifice and satanic rituals, the majority of people would still cut this guy a break and happily handover millions of kronor a year so he can buy another ferrari and live in a lifestyle several degrees removed from the average swede living in their depressing one bedroom apartment. Anti-royalist scum? Hahaha...you're delusional. As if the royal family are the sole bulwark against encroaching "marxism"...@syftfel must spend his time writing conspiracy theories in code to come up with these fantasies.
13:40 May 29, 2011 by old git
don' know how much he costs to swedish taxpayers like me but i've seen him twice in the last year driving around Stockhom with his missus in a Volvo c30 and his minders 1 car in front and 1 behind in a v70 and audi combi - cheap compared to some....
17:37 May 29, 2011 by swedejane
Approximately 50,000,000sek a year is what it costs Sweden to support their royal welfare recipients. For a country so hung up on egalitarianism, it's quite odd that so many people buy into this crap. Sure, driving your volvo around town is good PR. The king has a net worth of just under 300M sek and gets 50M sek for free every year from the suckers...not to mention he doesn't have to pay a single dime for his living or travel expenses. Makes a lot of sense.



Good luck finding anything on the Riksdag website!
00:49 May 30, 2011 by old git
is that net worth his personally and not tied up in state assets? he obviously isn"'t short of a penny but he is also not as free as his "subjects" to do what he pleases...does lasse svenssons afffairs make front page news in aftonbladett"?
10:07 May 30, 2011 by star10
Despite all the "scandal", he is more graceful for a ceremonial representation than a politician who gets elected through all dirty politics. Look at Sarkozy! He is like a rabbit now. Isn't it better to have the King as statesman than an absolutely lier politician?
16:27 May 30, 2011 by wenddiver
His main job is representing the Country? That gives me a whole new respect for Flo the Geico Insurance girl and Ronald McDonald, who do the same job without the drama.
19:31 May 30, 2011 by joe cole
global warming is a religion just click on global warming and religion you will find a number oif essays on this subject
23:13 June 1, 2011 by JJP
As an american this discussion strikes me as odd. That King Karl is imperfect lacking in judgement over friends, associations or places to hang is all too common. Modern publicity and the intranet will amplify any questionable activity.

The question is what to do. Those who see no value in monarcy see this as proof. Those who see value see the man as he is -- perhaps imperfect and most likely unwise in some circumstances.

I would like to see the photos.
17:00 October 16, 2012 by Helge Krupski
Open Information for prosecutors and police in Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski

Open letter to The Royal Court of Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski
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