Polls divide Sweden’s political blocs

Two polls released on Saturday present different pictures of Sweden's voting intentions in next weekend's election. But there are indications that the Liberal Party crisis has bottomed out.

Support for the Liberal Party has increased 0.6 percent according to the latest voting poll by Sifo released on Saturday. But the increase is not enough for the opposition Alliance to regain the lead. In Sifo’s measurement, the Social Democrat-led bloc has 48.2 percent support compared to 47.1 percent for the opposition Alliance.

However, the Social Democrats have lost support, dropping 1.2 percent compared to the day before.

Bearing out many commentators view that the election is too close to call, another poll on Saturday gives the opposite impression of voters’ intentions. According to Temo, the Alliance leads with 48.4 percent compared 47.1 percent for the Social Democrats and their support parties.

Both the Social Democrats and the Liberals have lost support – dropping 1.1 percent and 1.4 percent respectively – since the Temo poll of a week ago.

The majority of the interviews for both polls were carried out after the revelation that a number of Liberal Party workers and a journalist gained unauthorised access to the Social Democrats’ internal computer network.

Sifo’s research was published by Göteborgs-Posten, Skånska Dagbladet and Svenska Dagbladet. Synovate Temo’s results appeared in Saturday’s Dagens Nyheter and Sydsvenskan.

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The results above are the latest by each polling organisation. Between 1,000 and 2,000 people were interviewed for the polls, except for the SCB (Statistics Sweden) poll, for which 9,300 people were interviewed.