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Folkpartiet gains as opposition stumbles

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12:03 CEST+02:00
The late August sun is shining on Folkpartiet, Sweden's Liberal party, according to the latest opinion poll from Skop.

The party has increased its support by 2.3% to 13.9% while all the other opposition parties have apparently stumbled in the march to next year's election. The biggest loser is the Centre Party, whose support has fallen by 1.6%, to 5.9%.

That now makes the Centre Party the smallest of the liberal and conservative parties.

But the party secretary Jöran Hägglund says he is rather looking forward to the election and refuses to put too much weight on the differences in individual measurements.

"I'm not particularly surprised," said Hägglund to TT.

"It's usually like this for us in the summer - we get a surge after our party conference and then we fall back. At the same time the focus is on Folkpartiet and their national meeting."

The fight between the conservative parties and the question of 'who is the biggest' is, unsurprisingly, something from which Hägglund wishes to distance himself. He does not see the strides made by Folkpartiet as a threat.

"We are the parties which have the biggest chance of attracting voters who have traditionally voted Social Democrat," he said.

The Social Democrat party and both of its support parties, the Greens and the Left Party, increased marginally and made slight inroads into the conservative alliance.

Nevertheless, the conservatives still command support of 53.2%, compared to 44.9% for the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left.

1,190 people were polled between the 25th of July and the 18th of August.

TT/The Local

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