Karl-Arne Löthgren of the Center Party in Lindesberg holds a similar view. “They are an extreme party,” he told Swedish Radio News. “They are impossible to work with.”
About 73 percent of those who were surveyed, more than 1,100 people, answered “yes” to the question of whether they could imagine forming a majority government over party lines in order to keep the Sweden Democrats out.
But 14 percent answered “no” to the question, including Mikke Schirén, Left Party chairman in the municipality of Gnesta.
“If people vote for the Sweden Democrats, we have to accept that. We can’t just pretend that we have a democracy, because that what would happen if there are attempts to shut them out. And I think that the agreement made in Stockholm is purely frightening when it comes to democracy,” Schirén told Swedish Radio News, referring to a joint decision announced by the Social Democrats and the Moderate Party in the capital last month.
In that announcement, the two opposing parties said that they would be ready to work together to keep the Sweden Democrats from power if they gain enough votes to enter the local political scene.
But the question is still preliminary, and may not become a reality in many local districts. Moderate Party member Malin Petersson from Kalmar thinks that it's too early to even consider such a scenario.
“I think it’s a hypothetical question; first and foremost we’ll have an election campaign and then an election. Then we’ll see what the result is and then after that we can have that discussion.”