Despite several scandals the approval rating of the right-wing populist Sweden Democrats (SD) remains stable at around ten percent.

The party will also emerge unscathed from media reports according to which the party leadership for years covered up the fact that one of its high-ranking members served a prison sentence, the conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet predicts:

Firstly only a very limited number of parties want to restrict immigration here in Sweden.

… Secondly, the SD voters distrust journalists more than most people. Many don’t believe critical reports and see them as a smear campaign by the mainstream media.

… The SD is the only party that represents the anti-immigration mood in Sweden. Stopping its sympathisers from voting for less immigration would take a far bigger scandal than simply the revelation that someone in the SD has a criminal past.