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Juholt support at record low: survey

TT/The Local/gm · 22 Oct 2011, 09:55

Published: 22 Oct 2011 09:55 GMT+02:00

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A new poll carried out by market research company Sifo shows that prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt currently holds a 68-15 lead over the Social Democrat leader, which represents the largest gap in years.

"It is important to have a leader and people who command the confidence of voters, but politics is just as important. This survey shows that there is a long way to go. The decline has probably been due to last week's events," said party secretary Carin Jämtin.

The news comes as a further blow to Juholt as he clings on to his leadership.

He won a temporary relief earlier in the month when prosecutors dropped an investigation into improper accommodation reimbursements he had claimed and he held on to his job as a result, but the latest poll shows that the voters may be harder to win over than his party colleagues.

The phone survey asked 1,000 people "Who do you trust most as prime minister?" The response was overwhelmingly in favour of Reinfeldt, who now enjoys a 53 point lead over his rival.

"Of course I'm glad that there is strong support for the work I am trying to do to renew the Moderate Party and the policies we are working with in Sweden. I also think it should be remembered that the measurement was made in the light of a problematic time for the Social Democrats. They will surely overcome it though, and then things will look different,” said the prime minister.

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The poll will nevertheless be a blow to Juholt as he looks to rebuild his reputation and faith among voters.

A similar survey carried out before the recent scandal was much closer, with Reinfeldt enjoying a 59-20 lead over his opposite number.

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

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Your comments about this article

11:36 October 22, 2011 by jostein
What scandals? The only scandal here is that AB lied through their teeth in the article that started this? But then, what is swedish journalism if not the art of lying and spinning and playing politics?
12:22 October 22, 2011 by RobinHood
Now Mr Reinfeltd feels so sorry for the Social Democrats that even he has started to be nice to them, things really are at rock bottom for the Swedish left.

In this spirit, I will say that Mr Julholt has a very nice tie.
19:03 October 22, 2011 by salalah
Yes, don't trust a man with a mustash. His body language says: "Right now I would like to hide under the coffee trolley.."

23:22 October 22, 2011 by reason
I'm no fan of the Social Democrats, but a functioning opposition is important to keep the political dialogue going. Inept statesmanship and pathological nostalgia is all we see of S these days. If it keeps up I wouldn't be surprised to see the government growing lazy and ideologically stagnated too.
09:41 October 23, 2011 by Lavaux
Glad to witness Juholt and the SD's demise. Of course, even the Moderates are light years too far to the left for me, but it's my fault that I live in a country that views classical liberalism as a hate crime.
21:11 October 31, 2011 by Naoise-Ryan Israel
I have been an admirer of Swedish Social Democracy for many years.

I guess I called be called a "Palme Social Democrat'.

But the problem, it seems, for Sweden's Social Democrats -

plus other Left-Centre parties worldwide -

is the Conservative, sometimes neo-Liberal, political agenda has

not only gained the upper hand, but become the conventional wisdom

western worldwide.

The timid, "third way' approach of the SD's (Persson, Schroeder, Blair, etc.),

roughly a decade or more now, was no match and certainly did nothing for

the core supporters and voters of such parties who ended up,

in Sweden well as elsewhere, drifting away.

Add ineptitude on the part of some leaders, plus self-interest,

and - well - the future of Social Democracy looks bleak.

Unless, of course, sane heads come up with a credible left-of-centre

vision and Leader to go with it because, in theory, all the Conservative-

neo Liberal stuff is actually quite weak and, in the medium to long run,

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