Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
- Generally, women are interested in the welfare issues, but the red-green has never had a campaign to be about welfare. It has lost the women in big cities and by environmental concerns have also been removed Green Party lost some men in the end, "said Toivo Sjoren, director of Sifo opinion polls.

The translation is rather poor. Rather than "never had a campaign to be about welfare issues" it should read "never got the campaign [season] to focus on welfare issues," and "by environmental concerns have also been removed" should be "and as the environmental issue has receded [from public consciousness], even the Green Party has lost quite a few women lately."

One other thing to note.  In the US, and I'm going to assume it's the same in Sweden, hard right parties tend to poll lower than their actual vote; people don't want to 'out' themselves as a bigot.  Thus, they lie to pollsters.

This is also the case in Europe. The pollsters here know that, and correct for it by multiplying the survey response with the ratio between actual votes in the last pertinent election and survey response. So unless the proportion of people who lie about being skinhead sympathisers has increased, it shouldn't matter.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Sep 12th, 2010 at 03:39:48 PM EST
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