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Social Democrats drop sharply in polls

Social Democrats drop sharply in polls

Published: 26 Aug 2012 09:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Aug 2012 09:59 GMT+02:00

The shrinking support for the Social Democrats is partly explained by a significant rise in voters who would choose the Left Party if the election was today. The left-wing party has increased its support by 1.8 percentage units to 6.2 percent.

Others who formerly sympathized with the Social Democrats are now uncertain of where their allegiance lies, as the category “uncertain” has ballooned up from 11.9 to 15.1 percent.

Among the currently governing centre-right parties, not much has changed. The Moderates continue to be twice as large as the three other parties combined. With 3.4 percent of voters backing them, the Christian Democrats have once more landed below the 4 percent cut-off line required for representation in the Riksdag.

The Centre Party also hovers near the cut-off, landing on 4.6 percent, according to the survey conducted by research institute Sifo and first published in the Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgs-Posten newspapers.

With the combined support of 50.4 percent of voters, the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Green Party remain larger than the centre-right Alliance, although the gap has shrunk somewhat. The four parties in the Alliance land on 42.7 percent voters’ support.

Support for the Sweden Democrats increased by 0.8 percentage units to 6.2 percent.

The only statistically certain change is the shrinking support for the Social Democrats, and the Left Party’s growth.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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10:48 August 26, 2012 by DamnImmigrant
The SOCIAL Democrats are the most racist party there is and yet they hide behind inclusion while being racist. Most people would never even consider them to be a racist party.
11:08 August 26, 2012 by towns
These polls always show upswings and downswings here and there, every month there's going to be a bit of change one way or the other.
23:42 August 26, 2012 by Eric1
The Left Party calling the Sweden Democrats bigots is like the pot calling the kettle black.
23:46 August 26, 2012 by Swedish Cat
I just hope Sweden is more educated than to vote for the social Democrats. Yes it has been a tough time and everyone had suffer from cutting spending as we lived over our means with borrowed money. Our government has done well in the circumstances. I want to keep Sweden's social standard we worked hard for and right now spending money we don't have is going to be the end of all that. If we want to go down with the rest of Europe we should vote like them dvs. the left. Do not take my word for it just look how France is doing switching government.
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