Nationalist leader keeps male support base

Nationalist leader keeps male support base
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UPDATED: A new poll for Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet has confirmed that Jimmie Åkesson, the leader of the nationalist Sweden Democrats continues to have a strong male support base.

Although Jimmie Åkesson’s confidence rating fell by one percent to 30 percent, 44 percent of men (up 10 percent on the last poll three months ago) rated him highly in the poll. By contrast, only 16 percent of women had confidence in the leader of the anti-immigration party.

Both male and female voters still had more confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Löfven than any other political leader but, despite recently getting his spring budget passed and improving economic news, his rating was only boosted by two percent to 36 percent.

Löfven’s rating among women, however, was a higher figure of 40 percent.

Centre Party leader, Annie Loof, was just one percent behind the prime minister on 35 percent, the same figure as the leader of The Left Party, Jonas Sjöstedt.

Green Party spokeswoman, Åsa Romson, languished at the bottom of the confidence table on 11 percent, three percent down on three months ago.

The full results of the poll were

Stefan Löfven (Social Democrat) 36 percent

Annie Loof (Centre Party) 35 percent

Jonas Sjöstedt (Left Party) 35 percent

Anna Kinberg Batra (Moderates) 31 percent

Jimmie Åkesson (Sweden Democrats) 30 percent

Jan Björklund (Liberal) 28 percent

Gustav Fridolin (Green Party) 28 percent

Ebba Busch Thor (Christian Democrats) 17 percent

Åsa Romson (Green Party) 11 percent

These figures come ten days after a poll or the Metro newspaper put support for the Sweden Democrats, led by Åkesson, at around 20 percent.

This came in the wake of the country's largest biannual political poll, carried out by Sweden's number crunching agency Statistics Sweden, which also reported that support for right-wing parties was growing earlier this month.
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