Opposition continues to lead in polls

Sweden's opposition parties are approaching Christmas with renewed vigour, after a new poll carried out by Sifo showed that they enjoy a clear lead over the conservative government. However, the gap has closed since last month.

Since the Swedish election three months ago, support for the Social Democrats has increased by almost five percent, despite there being no clear successor to Göran Persson. The party is now as popular as it was at the time of the 2002 election.

Along with the Green Party and the Left Party, the Social Democrats can claim 50.7 percent voter support, compared to 44.4 percent for the government.

According to Sifo researcher Toivo Sjören, voters who are members of LO union organisations are returning to the Social Democrats.

He said that the government’s proposal to increase unemployment fund costs has prompted many who did not vote in the autumn election to return to the Social Democrat fold.

The alliance of the Moderates, Centre Party, Christian Democrats and Liberals is strongest in Stockholm and Malmö, while the Social Democrats are weakest in those cities along with Gothenburg.

Between December 4th and December 14th, Sifo asked 896 people ‘which party would you vote for if an election were held today?’. The results (with the change on previous month in brackets) were as follows:

Left Party 5.1% (-0.6%)

Social Democrats 393.7% (+0.8%)

Green Party 5.9% (-0.7%)

Centre Party 6.9% (+0.2%)

Liberal Party 6.5% (+0.2%)

Moderates 25.8% (+0.3%)

Christian Democrats 5.2% (-0.1%)