SvT’s exit poll contains an interesting analysis of the issues Swedish voters found the most important for their choice of party.
If we focus on the top 3 issues for each party’s voters, the list is as follows:
- Left Party: a) gender equality (56%), b) employment (52%), c) health care (51%)
- Green Party: a) enviroment (81%), b) energy and nuclear power (51%), c) gender equality (49%)
- Social Democrats: a) health care (59%), b) education (54%), c) employment (54%)
- Centre Party: a) employment (59%), b) education (43%), c) conditions for businesses (44%)
- Liberals: a) education (61%), b) employment (59%), c) economy in general (52%)
- Conservatives: a) economy in general (64%), b) employment (63%), c) conditions for businesses (59%)
- Christian Democrats: a) education (59%), b) care for the elderly (59%), c) employment (59%)
For all voters the top 3 issues were: a) employment (56%), b) education (54%), c) health care (51%). It is worth noting that the Left Party’s and the Green Party’s differed from the mainstream in their emphasis on issues like gender equality (36% of all voters) and the environment (30% of all voters).
The extreme right Sweden Democrats attracted voters who emphasised immigration (80% of SD voters mentioned this as an important issue, followed by 70% emphasising “law and order” and 60% “own economy”); among all voters, however, only 25% listed immigration as an important issue in their choice of party.