A beggar on the main shopping street in Stockholm
In recent years it has been common to see beggars in the capital. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT

Study: A majority of Stockholmers want begging ban

Pollster explains begging survey results
3:49 min

A majority of people living in Stockholm want begging to be banned in the city, a new study has suggested.

Fifty-five per cent of respondents said begging should be outlawed in the survey conducted by Ipsos for Dagens Nyheter, compared to 32 per cent who thought so last year.

David Ahlin of Ipsos said that the apparent change in opinion could be due to the fact that this year’s poll was conducted anonymously online instead of via telephone or possibly due to leading politicians calling for a ban.

“There are many indications of that, in sensitive matters it’s an advantage to use an anonymous interview method,” Ahlin told Dagens Nyheter.

He later told Radio Sweden he wasn't surprised by this year's results as they are in line with other polls conducted nationally.

In recent years it has become common to see people, mainly from the Roma communities of Romania and Bulgaria, begging on the streets of the capital, even in the midst of winter.

Opinion has been divided among politicians whether to introduce an outright ban.

Thirty-one per cent of the public polled said begging should be allowed, a big drop compared to the 58 per cent who thought so last year.

Two-thirds of the 768 respondents said they did not give money to beggars.

Last week Justice Minister Morgan Johansson outlined proposed changes to the law which would try to stop the exploitation of beggars who had been trafficked to Sweden. A ban on begging was not included.

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