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Moderate party secretary Tomas Tobe says he is not surprised that a majority of voters wouldn't want a new election. Photo: Fredrik Karlsson/TT Credit: Fredrik Karlsson

Poll: Most Swedes wouldn't want a new election

A majority of Swedes, 60 percent, would not want a new election before 2018, and only 30 percent said they would, according to a new poll conducted by Novus for Swedish Radio news.

According to the poll there isn't even a majority in favor of a forced election among the opposition-coalition Alliance voters. Only 35 percent of Alliance voters said they would want a new election.

"I'm not particularly surprised about it," said Moderate party secretary Tomas Tobé to Swedish Radio. "We haven't had an extra election in Sweden since 1958. But I don't think you can put an equal sign in between this and the fact that many feel Sweden is heading in the wrong direction."

In a similar poll conducted in the summer of last year, 57 percent of Alliance supporters said they would want a new election. That poll came just half a year after the so-called "December Agreement" in which the four Alliance parties agreed to abstain from voting on the minority-government Social Democrats and Green budget so that it would pass through parliament, all in an effort to avoid new elections.

Sweden's third largest party, the anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, are the only party who tried to force a new election with a vote of no confidence in the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament.

Among Sweden Democrat supporters 66 percent said they would want a new election and 27 percent said no.

The survey includes interviews in 1,001 and was completed on February 8 to 14.

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