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Poll slide continues for Swedish government parties

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11:03 CEST+02:00
Sweden's opposition parties have increased their poll lead over the ruling alliance parties to 3.4 percent. Support for the opposition is unchanged, but the conservative government has lost support in recent weeks.

An opinion poll conducted by Skop between February 25th and March 15th revealed that the Moderates, Centre Party, Liberals and Christian Democrats currently enjoy the support of 46.2 percent of voters. That is 1.1 percent lower than a month before.

With the exception of the Moderates, the alliance parties have all lost support since their joint election victory in September 2006.

The Moderates are down 1 percent on last month to 26.2 percent support. The Centre Party has lost 0.7 percent and is now on 7.7 percent. The Christian Democrats are unchanged at 5.6 percent, but the Liberals have increased their support by 0.6 percent to 6.7 percent.

Support for the Sweden's opposition parties - the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Greens - is, at 49.6 percent, the same as in Skop's previous poll.

But the Social Democrats - who have increased in popularity for the third month in a row - now enjoy 38 percent support. The party's voter base is now 3 percent up on its election result.

The Left Party is also on the rise, with a 0.3 percent increase to 5.8 percent, while the Greens have dropped back 0.8 percent to 5.8 percent.

Around 1,100 people aged 18 to 84 were asked "Which political party do you prefer in national politics?".

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