New Swedish govt failing on promises say majority of voters

New Swedish govt failing on promises say majority of voters
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Despite having only been elected in September 2022, Sweden’s new moderate-led government, which depends on the support of the far-right Sweden Democrats party to maintain a majority, is already struggling in the eyes of many citizens. 

In a poll carried out by Ipsos on behalf of newspaper Dagens Nyheter, a majority of Swedes (55%) said that they felt that the government was only living up to a “small extent” to the promises it had made before the election. This was contrasted with just 15% who said that they believed the coalition government was following through on its commitments to a “large extent”. 

The pollsters also asked respondents to highlight individual issues that determined their view of whether the government was succeeding or failing. 35% said that the issue on which the government had “failed most” was on the price of fuel. This was followed by 23% pointing to energy prices, and 11% stating it was on climate change and environment. 

Among supporters of parties that are in opposition, there is widespread dissatisfaction with almost 8 out of 10 believing the government is failing. However, among supporters of right-wing parties there is a slight improvement, with 30% saying the government has delivered to a “large extent”. However, these voters are still critical over the price of fuel and energy, but approve of the government’s policy on law enforcement and migration. 

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