Research Seminar

Kirsti Jylhä: Sweden Democrats’ voters. Who are they, where do they come from and where are they headed?

Date: 5 September 2018
Time: 10:00-12:00

PhD, Psychology, Institute for Futures Studies.


In a few years, the Sweden Democrats has grown to become one of Sweden's largest parliamentary parties. However, much is still unknown about their voters. How - and to what extent - is the electorate of Sweden Democrats different from other voters? Why have they left their previous parties, and are they likely to return? What political views do they hold in addition to a critical attitude towards immigration? Is their view of immigration driven by concerns about societal changes or does it reflect a deeper antipathy against immigrants? And finally, to what extent are there differences within the electoral group of the Swedish Democrats, that is, how homogeneous is it?

We present a report based on survey data of 3500 voters, as well as new macro analyses based on SCB data. The report and complementary analyses examine Sweden Democrats’ voters’ psychological and sociological characteristics and compare them with voters from the two parties that most SD voters come from, namely the Moderate Party and the Social Democrats.

Co-authors Jens Rydgren and Pontus Strimling will also attend the seminar.

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