According to the poll carried out by Dagens Nyheter and Temos and published on Friday, the Social Democrats popularity rose from 32.3% in April to 34.6% in May, while in the same period the main opposition party, the Moderates, saw their ratings fall from 30.1% to 29.3%.
The pattern was similar among the smaller parties, with the Social Democrats’ allies, the Left Party, rising from 5.0% to 7.0% in the ratings. The second-largest opposition party, the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) dropped from 13.5% in April to 11.8% in May.
The upshot was that the opposition parties’ record ratings lead in April of 11.2% was cut to just 4%.
But the government has had little time to enjoy the turnaround. In a poll published on Saturday by Skop, 47% of the 1,100 respondents said that the government was doing a bad job – 2% more than last month. Only 33% said they thought the government was doing a good job.
41% said that they thought the opposition would do a better job than the government.