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Polls put Alliance ahead

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11:30 CEST+02:00
Two polls released on Thursday show that Sweden's ruling Social Democrats and their left-wing partners are still trailing with just 38 days before national elections on September 17th.

The Sifo poll reported the red-green bloc — the Social Democrats, the Green Party, and the Left Party — as having 46.1 percent. The Alliance — the Moderates, Centre Party, Christian Democrats, and the Liberal Party — have 50.5 percent of the voters in the poll.

Sifo's poll sponsored by Svenska Dagbladet, Göteborgs-Posten, and Skånska Dagbladet interviewed 1,894 Swedes between July 26th and August 8th.

Results in percent: Moderates 26.7 (-0.2), Green Party5.9 (+0.7), Liberal Party10.3 (+1.1), Social Democrats 34.6 (3.0) Christian Democrats 6.9 (+1.9) Left Party 5.6 (0.5), Centre Party 6.6 (+0.4), others 3.4 (0.4).

“The gas tax and property tax could be having an impact,” said Sifo pollster Toivo Sjörén, according to Svenska Dagbladet. “In this poll the Social Democrats' decision on freezing the tax level is not included, while the Alliance's recommendation agreed upon during Almedalen is.”

In a Demoskop opinion poll for TV4 and Expressen, the Social Democrats also appear to be struggling.

The Alliance is on top again with nearly a 5 percent lead at 50.4 percent, while the left-wing bloc has 45.8 percent. The Social Democrats lost 2 percent in Tuesday's poll since the last survey.

The Demoskop poll interviewed 1.002 interviews between August 2-8.

Results in percent: Moderates 30.4 (0.5), Green 5.2 (+1.0), Liberal Party 9.9 (+1.9) Social Democrats 33.7 (2.0), Christian Democrats 5.5 (0.2), Left Party 6.9 (+2.5), Centre Party 4.6 (2.7), others 3.8.

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