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Christian Democrats fall behind far right in poll

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10:02 CEST+02:00
A new opinion poll has shown that Sweden's opposition parties would sail the victory if a general election was held today. The Christian Democrats would fall short of the four percent necessary for a place in the Riksdag, while the far right Sweden Democrats edge ever closer to the parliamentary threshold.

The Social Democrats , Left Party and Greens enjoy the combined support of 52.1 percent of those questioned for a Novus Opinion poll carried out on behalf of TV4 for the month of March.

The four parties of the governing Alliance could only count on the votes of 42.3 percent of the survey's participants.

Compared to earlier polls, the Moderate Party remained stable, while the Centre Party and the Liberal Party both saw their stock rise somewhat.

But support for the Christian Democrats has dropped to a new low. With 3.3 percent of the votes, the party would drop out of the Riksdag if an election was called today.

The result represents a drop of one percentage point since February's poll and is most apparent among older men and in small towns.

Göran Hägglund's party has been overtaken by the Sweden Democrats, which saw its support increase by 0.6 percentage points to 3.5 percent.

The poll also showed that the Moderate Party is continuing to lose voters among the self-employed, many of whom now favour the Centre Party. Since January, the Moderate Party's support among those who are self-employed has dropped by 19.1 percentage points to 36.4 percent.

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