Mona Sahlin, head of the Social Democrats

Social Democrats Lose Quarter of a Million Voters

The Swedish Social Democrats are continuing to lose voters. According to a survey presented in Swedish Newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Friday, and carried out by research company Synovate, the centre right government alliance is ahead of the red-green opposition.

The survey also shows that the Social Democrats have lost the support of a quarter of a million voters in just one month.

Despite still being Sweden’s largest political party, with 33.5 % of Swedish voters compared to the Moderate Party’s 32.1 %, they are way behind the already low result of 35 % in the election in 2006. In September last year, before the numbers started to drop, the Social democrats had 45.7 % of voter support.

These new figures seem to be confirming a trend of declining voter numbers for the Social Democrats, possibly reinforced by the AMF pension scandal and the turbulence regarding the general secretary of the Trade Union Confederation, Wanja Lundby Wedin, earlier this spring.

The survey was carried out over 3 weeks in April and 2600 Swedes participated.  (rm)

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