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									                                                  SWEDEN


EU–Swedish Relations

   -     75% feel that each EU member state should retain authority over economic and budgetary policies (the
         second-highest percentage after the United Kingdom), as opposed to more EU authority (20%, the
         second-lowest percentage after the United Kingdom). (Q31)*

International Relations

   -     74% approve of the way the Swedish government is handling international policies — by far the
         highest among all nations surveyed. Accordingly, only 24% disapprove — the lowest percentage in the
         survey. (Q5)

Economy

   -     68% approve of the way their government is dealing with Sweden’s economy —the highest percentage
         among all nations surveyed. Accordingly, only 30% disapprove — the lowest percentage. (Q6.4)

   -     55% think that the Swedish government should keep the current level of spending to stimulate
         economic growth — the highest percentage in the survey — as opposed to decreasing spending, which
         only 25% support. (Q11)

   -     69% say that they have not been affected by the current economic crisis — by far the highest percentage
         among all nations surveyed. Only 31% say they and their families have been affected — the lowest
         percentage among nations surveyed. (Q33)

Russia

   -     60% have an unfavorable opinion of Russia —the highest rate among all nations surveyed.
         Accordingly, only 31% have a favorable opinion of Russia — the lowest percentage in the survey.
         (Q7.4)

New Powers

   -     73% have an unfavorable opinion of Pakistan — the highest percentage in the survey, along with the
         U.S. Only 12% have a favorable opinion, representing the lowest percentage in the survey. (Q7.9)

   -     55% think that the countries of Asia, such as China, Japan, and South Korea are more important to
         Sweden than the United States — the highest percentage among EU nations surveyed. Only 36% feel
         that the United States is more important — the lowest percentage among EU nations. (Q20a)
U.S.–EU Relations

   -   Only 25% think that the partnership in security and diplomatic affairs between the European Union
       and the United States should get closer — the lowest percentage among EU nations surveyed. 35%
       think that it should remain about the same — the highest percentage among all surveyed. (Q9)

Afghanistan

   -   6% believe that Sweden should increase the number of troops in Afghanistan — the highest rate among
       the EU nations surveyed. 48% advocate keeping troop numbers at the current level — the highest
       percentage among all nations in the survey. Only 23% would support withdrawing all Swedish troops
       — the lowest percentage among all nations surveyed. (Q14a)

Turkey and the Middle East

   -   66% think it is likely that Turkey will join the EU — the highest percentage, equal with Romania.
       (Q24b)

   -   66% disagree that as a predominantly Muslim country, Turkey does not belong in the EU — the highest
       percentage among all nations surveyed. (Q25.3)

   -   65% approve of the way the Swedish government has handled the situation in Libya — the highest
       percentage among all nations surveyed. Accordingly, only 26% disapprove — the lowest percentage in
       the survey. Additionally, 62% approve of the way the Swedish government is handling the stabilization
       of Afghanistan — the highest percentage among all nations surveyed. (Q6.2, Q6.3)

   -   54% have an unfavorable opinion of Turkey — the highest percentage in the survey. Only 32% have a
       favorable opinion, representing the lowest percentage in the survey. (Q7.8)

   -   59% are optimistic about the prospects of stabilizing the situation in Libya — the highest percentage
       among all nations surveyed, whereas only 36% are pessimistic — the lowest percentage in the survey.
       (Q13.2)

   -   31% would be in favor of providing support to opponents of the current government in Iran to prevent
       Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons — the highest percentage among all nations surveyed. (Q16)

   -   54% say that we should put more pressure on Israel to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict — the highest
       percentage, equal with Spain. (Q18)

   -   83% of Swedes say that democracy should be promoted in conflict situations such as in North Africa
       and the Middle East, even if it leads to instability — the highest rate in the survey. Only 9% prefer
       promoting stability even if it means accepting non-democratic governments — the lowest percentage in
       the survey. (Q35)
    -   76% believe that it should be the role of the EU to help support democracy in conflict situations such as
        in the Middle East and North Africa — the highest percentage, equal with Portugal, as opposed to
        staying out completely. (Q36)

    -   94% would support the Swedish government in helping to monitor elections in new democracies — the
        highest percentage among all nations surveyed. Only 5% would oppose that strategy — the lowest
        percentage in the survey. (Q38.1)

    -   89% would support the Swedish government in providing assistance to non-political groups such as
        trade unions and human rights associations — the highest percentage in the survey. (Q38.2)

    -   90% would support the Swedish government providing aid for economic development — the highest
        percentage among nations surveyed — whereas only 9% would oppose this strategy, representing the
        lowest percentage, equal with Italy. (Q38.4)

    -   69% approve of the military action in Libya by international forces — the highest percentage among all
        nations surveyed. Only 28% disapprove — the lowest percentage in the survey. (Q39)

    -   89% support the Swedish government intervening to protect civilians — the highest percentage in the
        survey — while only 9% would oppose, - the lowest percentage in the survey. (Q40.1)

    -   79% would support the Swedish government removing President Qaddafi — the highest percentage in
        the survey, equal with Italy. (Q40.2)

    -   73% supported Sweden sending military advisors to assist the rebels who opposed President Qaddafi
        — the highest percentage in the survey. Only 24% opposed this strategy. (Q40.4)

Miscellaneous

    -   30% consider themselves “center-right” — the highest percentage among all nations surveyed. (D6)



*The numbers in parentheses denote the original question the statistic is taken from. To view the complete survey and
statistical results please refer to the topline data or visit www.transatlantictrends.org after September 14.

								
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