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Support for SDP in Sweden is lowest in historic record
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08:04, September 10, 2009

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The latest opinion poll shows that support for the largest opposition in Sweden's Social Democratic Party ranked lowest in historic record to 21.6% since 1919.

Together with the Left Party and Environment Party, the red-green combination reached 40.2% while the ruling Alliance composed of Moderate Party, Central Party, People's Party and the Christian Democratic Party reached 56.9%.

The poll was conducted by the Dagens Nyheter(Daily News) and Synovate company among over 1000 people in recent months in the Stockholm area.

The poll shows that support for Moderate Party increased from 36% to 39% while the Left Party also gained little more support.

Since the time for the next election is only one year to come, the ruling government and the opposition began to step up their campaigns to win support.

The long term ruling Social Democratic Party suffered big loss in support since Mona Salin took over as the President of the party. To consolidate its strength, Social Democratic Party, Environment Party and the Left Party leaders announced on Sunday that they will join together to rule if they win the 2010 election. They also put up forward their programs for election to make Sweden a better place to live in. It means they will join together to campaign for the election too.

Their main policies include increasing tax so that all the people can enjoy a better welfare, that government should provide more jobs for the people, that is to enlarge the public sector.

It was actually just in these areas that the Alliance is different from the opposition. Reinfeldt-led Alliance government decreased tax so that people's income can increase a bit. They also made the ‘black job ' official so that more people can get a low paid job such as baby sitter or domestic decoration or temporary plumber. Meanwhile, the Alliance began to charge in many areas such as museums which were free entry during the Social Democratic period. The Alliance is also trying to privatize medical sector to introduce more competition, which is a bit controversial.

Recently, the Alliance allocated more funds to the local governments so that the tax will not be increased while the welfare will be kept at its level.

The government is also fulfilling its promise to increase investment in police sector so that the police can deal with the crimes.

Researchers are investigating whether the ruling government has fulfilled their promises.

Analysts say that it is difficult for the opposition to win support in the big cities such as Stockholm.

Mona Salin has travelled around the country to consolidate its support from other areas.

By Xuefei Chen, People's Daily Online, Stockholm.



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