Support for EU plummets in Sweden

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BELGRADE – There’s been a big drop in the number of Swedes who say they back their home country being in the EU, according to a survey for pollsters TNS Sifo commissioned by Swedish public broadcaster SVT.

Only 39 percent of Swedes think it’s a ‘good idea’ that Sweden is in the European Union, pollsters found, compared to 59 percent in autumn 2015, TheLocal.se reports.

Meanwhile 21 percent said the thought EU membership was a ‘bad idea’, while the remainder suggested they were unsure.

The huge fall in support for the European project is most likely due to the ongoing refugee crisis, experts told SVT as the findings were released on Monday.

“People are listening to public officials and in Sweden there has been criticism from politicians on what the EU does and does not do when it comes to the refugee crisis,” Göran von Sydow, a political scientist and researcher at the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies said.

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