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Continuous tussle between two aspiring personalities to lead Sweden in the future

Friday, 26 April 2013
Although it is very easy for the Swedish people to develop fatigue in a political leader after he has been in office for long,  the current and present prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt (pictured) continues to be rated higher in the mind of voters.

At this time when the calendar for the general election in Sweden is getting torn regularly, one would have expected that the leader of the Sweden's biggest party, the Social Democrat would have been leading in the polls, that presents some mixed reading in a new opinion polls.

Confidence in the Social Democrat leader, Stefan Löfven continues to remain strong despite the storm around the split in the party between the leadership and the former party director, Omar Mustafa, a new Ipsos opinion survey from for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter shows.

But confidence for the Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt in most areas remains higher. 58 percent of respondents trust Reinfeldt when it comes to represent Sweden abroad, compared with 15 percent for Löfven. Some people however argue that Löfven has not yet been tested in that capacity so his rating in this sector naturally is not expected to be better than Reinfeldt who has been doing the job and been Sweden's face internationally.

44 percent have confidence in Reinfeldt when it comes to lead Sweden in the event of a serious crisis, whereas for Löfven the number is 20 percent. Only when the issue of instilling hope for a better future did more confidence come to Löfven - 39 percent, compared with 32 percent for Reinfeldt.
The survey was conducted when 1,699 people over 18 years were interviewed by telephone between 4 and 23 April.
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