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Swedish Social Democrat leader continues to be shellacked on opinion polls by current Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt

Monday, 07 November 2011
The collapse of public opinion continues for the Swedish Social Democrat leader, Hakan Juholt persists and gradually becoming permanent. Swedish people don’t like him and it is worrying as to why the Social Democrats continue to watch while their support fades away. For Juholt himself, he is not worried

As the person charged with challenging the government of policies and the prime minister, he is too far behind Fredrik Reinfeldt, the current prime minister in all areas, according to a new opinion poll for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter conducted by polling firm, Synovate.

Hakan Juholt is also significantly unpopular compared with his predecessor, Mona Sahlin.
The fight over the shadow budget, benefits claims, his boycott from the party leaders’ debate on television last month, and discussion about temporary citizenship of proposed Swedish citizens has meant that Social Democrat leader was questioned by both the voters and internally in the party.

After stormy meetings with the party's executive committee for four weeks, it was thought that Hakan Juholt would resign but he did not. Since then he has travelled around the country hoping to restore his confidence and that of the Social Democrats.  No confidence was restored as evidence from the latest opinion polls shows.

Polling organisation, Synovate asked 1,005 voters who they preferred as prime minister - Hakan Juholt or Fredrik Reinfeldt, in five different areas that are part of a prime minister's core mission.


Fredrik Reinfeldt won big in all areas. The greatest difference in terms of who best represent Sweden abroad. There, there were 72 percent of respondents who preferred, Fredrik Reinfeldt, against 12 percent for Hakan Juholt.

Only 11 percent believe that Hakan Juholt is better suited than his main opponent to lead Sweden in the event of a serious crisis.
“Fredrik Reinfeldt has a very strong position and the distance has grown since the last poll. Especially when it comes to represent Sweden abroad,” says Karin Nelsson, of Synovate.

Even compared to Mona Sahlin, the former leader of the Social Democrats, Hakan Juholt still performed badly. He has been compared to his predecessor's worst performance in September, a statistically significant fall on four of the five areas. When it comes to leading Sweden during a crisis Juholt lost almost half of the support as Mona Sahlin did.

Looking at the measurements carried out in autumn 2007, when Mona Sahlin just like Hakan Juholt had been party leader for six months, the picture becomes even more serious for Juholt. Then Mona Sahlin had stronger numbers than Fredrik Reinfeldt, both in terms of creating a parliamentary majority for her policy and ability to instill hope for a better future.

Not even Social Democrats wholeheartedly stand behind Hakan Juholt. Only in two areas did half of the Social Democrat voters believe that Hakan Juholt is better than the Moderate leader.

“Hakan Juholt has a clearly weaker position than Mona Sahlin had” said Karin Nelsson
One area where it is possible to discern a glimmer of light for Hakan Juholt is about the ability to instill hope for a better future for Sweden. There  majority of both Social Democrats voters and the Red-Green voters looked to him as better that Fredrik Reinfeldt. But even there, Juholt had clearly worse figures than Mona Sahlin, according to the survey conduced between 27 October and 2 November.

But Hakan Juholt remains upbeat and believe that at the time of the election, he would have regained the support of the masses.

Speaking to radio Sweden today, Håkan Juholt said that he will lead the party at the election in 2014, and the confidence figures will not make him change that.
“The election results will show not only that I have strengthened the Social Democrats, but also that we will give this government, which is completely idealess, a proper match at the polls” says Håkan Juholt to radio Sweden.

He says that the bad polls are due to the turbulence surrounding his false rent subsidies from parliament as well as errors in a couple of travel claims.
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