Figures Up for Government Alliance

Despite the financial crisis and threats of mass unemployment, the Swedish government alliance parties feel confident about the election in 2010.  

The latest figures for April from Swedish research consultancy Demoskop show that 50% of Swedish voters favour the centre-right government parties; the Moderates, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats.  The figure for March was 44.5% - which shows an increase with 5.5 percentage points.

At the same time the figures for the Opposition, a coalition between the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party, dropped by 7 percentage points from 52% to 45%.

In September last year, figures presented by several different research companies indicated that the Opposition had the support of 54-57% and the government alliance only 34-40%.

According to Swedish news agency TT, the current Prime Minister and leader of the Moderate party, Fredrik Reinfeldt, is pleased with the development. But he is sure to point out that the result isn’t certain until the actual day of the election.

Reinfeldt has reason to be happy. Not only have recent figures shown that more Swedes than ever would rather put their trust in him to lead the country than his Opposition counterpart, Mona Sahlin – but his own Moderate party is experiencing a boost in support as well. Reinfeldt admitted to TT that he did feel strengthened by the news.

“But that doesn’t mean we know were we are going to be in 2010,” he said.

According to TT, it is believed by the other leaders of the centre-right government alliance parties that the drop in support for the Opposition is due to their lack of internal cooperation and unclear policies, rather than the recent pension scandals caused by the General Secretary of the Trade Union Confederation, Wanja Lundby Wedin. (RM)