• Sweden edition
 

Alliance and opposition vie for lead: poll

Published: 19 Apr 2009 10:54 GMT+02:00
Updated: 19 Apr 2009 10:54 GMT+02:00

Sweden's Alliance government and three party opposition bloc share voter support, a new poll published by Sifo on Sunday shows. A further poll by Skop confirmed that the Alliance had extended its lead.

If there was an election today the opposition would claim 48.5 percent of the vote to 47.3 percent for the Alliance parties, the Sifo poll showed.

Sifo figures confirmed for the third consecutive poll that the Christian Democrats would achieve the four percent support required to claim seats in parliament while the far-right Sweden Democrats would be excluded from parliament.

The gulf between Sweden's two largest parties, the Moderates and the Social Democrats, has shrunk to four points with the parties claiming 30.6 percent and 34.6 percent respectively.

The figures for the smaller parties were as follows with the change on Sifo's March poll in brackets:

Left party 5.3 percent (-0.2 percentage points), Green party 8.6 (+2.0), Centre party 5.8 percent (-0.5), Liberals 6.8 (+1.2), Christian Democrats 4.1 (+0.8), Sweden Democrats 2.8 (+0.2) and other parties 1.5 (+0.1).

Only the change in the figure for the Green party is statistically significant, all other figures are within the margin of error.

Sifo interviewed 1,914 Swedish voters between April 6th - April 16th. The results were published in Svenska Dagbladet and several other dailies on Sunday.

In addition Sifo also surveyed voter sympathies in big city areas and found that the Alliance coalition commanded a 13 percentage point lead in Stockholm and 9.7 points in Gothenburg, while in Malmö the opposition retained a five point lead.

Polls from Demoskop and Skop conducted two weeks ago showed that the Alliance coalition had overtaken the opposition and a new Skop poll published on Sunday confirmed the trend.

In the Skop poll the four party Alliance claimed a combined 50.6 percent voter support while the opposition had 45.5 percent, a decline of 0.7 percentage points.

The Social Democrats remain the largest political party in Sweden, with 33.8 percent while the Moderates claimed 33.2 percent of voter sympathies.

Skop conducted its poll from April 1st to April 18th.

Both the Sifo and Skop polls confirm that the Social Democrats are running below the historically low level of support gained in the 2006 election.

"This is the closest situation in Sifo between the blocs since the opposition overtook the lead in November 2006," political scientist and researcher Sören Holmberg told Svenska Dagbladet.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Woman charged after accusing beggar of theft
The people in this picture are not those from the story. Photo: TT

Woman charged after accusing beggar of theft

A woman in Gothenburg who accused a beggar of robbing her has been charged with fraud and false accusations. READ () »

Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
Photo: Kungahuset

Swedish royals set baptism date for princess

Sweden's royal family has set the date for the baptism of Princess Leonore. READ () »

The Local List
Evidence Game of Thrones is set in Sweden

Evidence Game of Thrones is set in Sweden

With Swedish Game of Thrones fans frothing at the mouth at the season four premiere, The Local revisits its list of ten reasons why the hit books and show are (probably) based in Sweden. READ () »

'Baffling' Swedish raid on German sub makers
The Kockums Malmö shipyard and FMV headquarters. Files: TT

'Baffling' Swedish raid on German sub makers

After the Swedish military raided the Malmö premises of German defence giant Thyssen Krupp, a military expert tells The Local why recent Russian aggression means Sweden's Saab needs to take control of national submarine production. READ () »

Swedish kids crack adult content 'code' at school
A child, unrelated to the story, on her computer. File photo: TT

Swedish kids crack adult content 'code' at school

Swedish parents who busted their children looking at adult content online were shocked to find the kids saying 'they'd learned the code at school'. READ () »

Industry bellwether SKF recovers to turn profit
A file image of ballbearings. Photo: Shutterstock

Industry bellwether SKF recovers to turn profit

After a drab end to 2013, Swedish ballbearing makers SKF anew posted a profit in its first quarter review. It could spell good news for the manufacturing industry worldwide. READ () »

Swedish Hobbit actor jailed in cocaine case
Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt. File photo: TT

Swedish Hobbit actor jailed in cocaine case

Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt has appealed a five-month prison sentence, handed down on Tuesday after he was found guilty of buying cocaine. READ () »

Property of the Week
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
The property in Skinskatteberg. Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week

The Swedish countryside is littered with small second homes, many up for a steal if you can see beyond dated wallpaper and imagine a country retreat with chanterelles and lingonberries growing in your backyard. READ () »

Puppies lost in 'black market' chihuahua raid
A chihuahua papillon crossbreed puppy. File photo: Shutterstock

Puppies lost in 'black market' chihuahua raid

Thieves escaped from a flat in Malmö on Monday with jewellery, electronics, and four chihuahua-papillon puppies. Police worry the dogs will be sold on the black market, a growing trend in Sweden. READ () »

JobTalk Sweden
Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

Sweden's worst office clichés revealed

"We have to hit the brakes and the gas at the same time." Does your Swedish boss confuse you? You're not alone. Swedes have crowned that phrase as the worst workplace cliché of the year. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
Advertisement:
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
Society
'Blondes have more brains': Swedish study
TT
Society
VIDEO: Leaked 'Save Slussen' film goes viral
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching, March 28-30
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

723
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com