Social Democrats trail in poll

Sweden's ruling Social Democratic Party and its parliamentary allies would lose power if an election were held now, a poll published Friday showed, less than seven months before the country's general election.

The poll, conducted by Temo and published in Friday’s Dagens Nyheter daily, credited the Social Democrats, the Greens, and the Left party with a combined 46.9 percent of the vote, against 50.2 for the centre-right opposition parties.

But Temo, which questioned 2,754 voters throughout the month of February, said the ruling parties had reduced the opposition’s lead compared to January, when Temo said the centre-right parties had 50.9 percent of support and Prime Minister Göran Persson and his allies just 45.3 percent.

Recent polls by various institutes have given conflicting indications on the outcome of Sweden’s general election, scheduled for September 17, pointing to a closely-contested vote.