Swedes "broadly oppose" welfare sector profits

An extensive opinion poll that covers all of Sweden has shown that a clear majority of the country is against private companies profiting off publicly funded operations in the welfare sector, Swedish Television reports.

The poll, with 1,500 participants, shows that a majority of the respondents is against privatising schools and elderly care, and an even greater majority opposes companies making profits off such operations.

"The poll shows a marked support for not allowing profits to be made within tax-funded care, schools and elderly care. And that goes for voters for all political parties," says Lennart Nilsson, a researcher with the SOM Institute at Gothenburg University, which conducts the annual poll.

Among the other results was a higher general support for the public sector than in previous years.

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