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Poll: Sweden still wants to stay in EU after Brexit vote

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Poll: Sweden still wants to stay in EU after Brexit vote
Most Swedes polled don't want a referendum on EU membership. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
07:27 CEST+02:00
Brexit may be a reality after last Thursday's referendum in Great Britain, but the majority of Swedes would still vote to stay in the European Union if a similar poll took place in the Scandinavian country, a new survey shows.

The poll, which was carried out by Sifo on behalf of Swedish public service broadcaster SVT after the result of Britain's referendum was known, showed that 52 percent of Swedes would vote to stay in the EU, while 31 percent would opt to leave.

A majority, 56 percent, said that a referendum on continued EU membership should not take place in Sweden, with 30 percent disagreeing.

That does not mean that Swedes are completely satisfied with the state of the union however. Fifty-two percent of those surveyed said that the EU is heading in the wrong direction, while only 14 percent think it is on the right track.

SVT's online poll took in the opinions of 1012 randomly selected people. It was carried out between June 24th and 26th, the three days following the British referendum.

A similar survey conducted by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter and pollsters Ipsos in the days leading up to Britain's vote meanwhile suggested that 66 percent of Swedes want to remain in the EU, with only 29 percent answering they would like to leave.

Sweden joined the EU in 1995, after a referendum in November 1994 saw 52.2 percent vote in favour of entering the common market.

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