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Boost in confidence for Sweden's party leaders

Published lördag 17 januari 2015 kl 12.16
Stefan Löfven i sin första partiledardebatt i riksdagen. Foto: Jessica Gow/TT.
Stefan Löfven in a 2014 parliament debate. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT.

A fresh poll shows an increase in Swedes’ support for all political party leaders except the Sweden Democrats’ Jimmie Åkesson, who is on an extended sick leave.

The poll, conducted by Sifo for tabloid Aftonbladet, indicates that the so-called December Agreement between the government and the centre-right Alliance parties could have had paid off for Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.

In the December poll, Löfven saw a set-back of nine percent but this month he enjoys a three percent boost, with 47 percent of respondents saying they have great or very good confidence in the Social Democrat leader. That is also the highest figure of all the party leaders.

The conservative Moderate Party’s newly appointed leader, Anna Kinberg Batra, received 37 percent, while all other party leaders landed between 25 and 38 percent, except Åkesson. He got 13 percent, while support for the Sweden Democrats’ acting leader, Mattias Karlsson, remains at seven percent.

The poll is based on 987 interviews conducted between January 12th and January 15th. 

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