Anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats struggle to rouse voters for EU polls

Jimmie Akesson, chairman of the right-wing party Sweden Democrats

(Reuters) – The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats are struggling to mobilize voters before EU parliamentary elections this month despite polls showing similar parties elsewhere heading for their best results ever.

Party leader Jimmy Akesson told Reuters on Monday that his party’s sympathizers had relatively little interest in European Union politics and he pinned his hopes for a stronger performance in this year’s general election.

“It is obvious that our voters are very reluctant to vote in European elections,” Akesson said by telephone.

“We thought maybe it had changed a bit since the last election, but it seems as if our voters are very skeptical about even going and voting.”

Two polls on Monday put support for the Sweden Democrats on 5.7% and 6.3% respectively ahead of the EU vote, up from 3.3% in 2009.

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Wow, Swedes are stupid.