Swedish opposition bloc continues to slap the government in the face


Wednesday, 08 June 2011
The Swedish government seems to be loosing its political mojo to the opposition bloc which continues to slap it in the face. If opinion polls are to be accepted as tools to test the popularity of a government, then the Swedish government is currently loosing it.

Countries like the UK and Denmark would bady crave a government that delivers some economic growth – growth that is not as high as Sweden’s – say growth of 4 percent. But in Sweden having a whopping 6 percent growth, its voters still look at the government delivering  that and still are not happy with it.

Anyway, the essence of this report is that a new report out today show that if the parliamentary elections in Sweden was held in May, there world have been a very different results than what we have now.

According to statistic Sweden’s Political Party Preference Survey, it shows that if a Riksdag election had been held in May, the governing parties (i.e. Centre party + the People’s party + the Moderate party + Christian Democrats) would have received 45.4 percent of the votes.


The Red/Green coalition parties (i.e. Social Democrats +Left party + Green party) would have received 47.4 percent. The far right Sweden Democrats would have received 5.7 percent and other parties 1.5 percent of the votes.

Compared to November 2010, a statistically significant decrease was noted for the governing parties as a block between 3.2 and 4.6 percentage points. In May the Centre Party would have received 4.5 (�0.3) the People’s Party 6.0 (�0.4) the Moderate Party 31.1(�0.7) and the Christian Democrats 3.8 (�0.3).

A statistically significant increase was noted for the Red/Green parties as a block compared to November 2010 between 4.2 and 5.6 percentage points. In May the Social Democrats would have received 34.0 percent (�0.7), the Left Party 4.5 percent (�0.3), and the Green Party 8.9 percent (�0.5).

If an election had been held in May, the Sweden Democrats would have received 5.7 (�0.4) percent of the votes, which is a statistically significant decrease compared to November. In the event of an election in May, other parties would have received a 1.5 percent (�0.3) of the votes. The Pirate Party and the Feminist Initiative Party were the largest of the other parties.

In building up this study, Statistic Sweden contacted 9123 eligible voters without any upper age limit were consulted between 1 and 26 May. Of this total 32.6 percent could not be contacted because they were not found, were too ill to participate or not willing to participate in the survey.
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