Polls show Alliance maintains lead

Two polls published on Tuesday showed the Alliance is still leading the left-wing bloc by a small margin, less than two weeks before the election.

The ruling Social Democrats and their Left Party and Green Party allies have the support of 47.1 percent of the Swedish electorate, while the opposition centre right parties are supported by 48.2 percent, according to the latest Sifo poll published in Svenska Dagbladet.

Compared with the previous poll, the centre left parties have lost 0.3 percentage points while the Alliance has gained 0.1 percentage point.

Support for the ruling Social Democrat party was unchanged at 34.2 percent, while support for the largest centre right party the Moderates rose 1.5 percentage points to 25.4percent.

Separately, the rival Temo poll cited by Dagens Nyheter, showed the ruling Social Democrats and its Left Party and Green Party allies having the support of 46.9 percent, up from 46.4 percent, while the centre right Alliance has 48.9 percent support, down from 49.9 percent.