Opposition extends poll lead

The opposition parties have increased their opinion poll lead over the governing Alliance parties.

The distance between the two blocks is now 16 percent, up from 13.2 percent one month ago, according to Synovate’s April survey of voter support.

The Social Democrats, Left Party, and Green Party garnered support form 56.3 percent of respondents, while the four Alliance parties received 40.3 percent, according to poll results published in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

The changes for each individual party were small enough to fall within the study’s margin of error.

The Christian Democrats can rejoice at a continued upward trend after bottoming out at 3.0 percent in February. Support for the party now stands at 4.7 percent.

Support for the Moderate Party was up in the March poll, but the party’s results have now fallen back to 22.0 percent, the same level it had six months ago.

An overall tally of the result is as follows, with the change from March figures in parentheses: Moderates: 22.0 percent (-2.5 percent); Liberal Party: 7.8 (+1.0); Center Party: 5.8 (-0.5); Christian Democrats: 4.7 (+0.7); Social Democrats: 44.8 (+2.3); Left Party: 6.0 (-0.1); Green Party: 5.6 (-0.6); Sweden Democrats: 2.9 (+0.9).

The study is based on interviews with 1,959 people, conducted from April 10th to 23rd.


Sweden’s right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The four parties backing Moderate leader Ulf Kristersson as prime minister on Sunday announced that they had agreed to keep the current Speaker, Andreas Norlén in place, when the role is put to a vote as parliament opens on Monday.

Sweden's right-wing parties agree to bring back Norlén as Speaker 

The parties won a three-seat majority over the bloc led by the incumbent Social Democrats in Sweden’s general election on September 11th, and are currently in the middle of negotiating how they will form Sweden’s next government. 

Sweden’s parliament meets at 11am for the official installation of the 349 MPs for this mandate period. The votes for the Speaker and three Deputy Speakers are the first item on the agenda, after which the parties each select their parliamentary leaders and then vote on who should chair each of the parliamentary committees. 

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In a joint press release announcing the decision, the parties also agreed that the Sweden Democrats would be given eight of the 16 chairmanships the bloc will have of parliamentary committees in the next parliament, and that MPs for all four parties would back Julia Kronlid, the Sweden Democrats’ Second Deputy Leader, as the second deputy Speaker, serving under Norlén. 

In the press release, the parties said that Norlén had over the last four years shown that he has “the necessary personal qualities and qualifications which the role requires”. 

The decision to retain Norlén, who presided over the 134 days of talks and parliamentary votes that led to the January Agreement in 2019, was praised by Social Democrat leader Magdalena Andersson. 

Norlén, she said in a statement, had “managed his responsibilities well over the past four years and been a good representative of Sweden’s Riksdag.” 

The decision to appoint Kronlid was opposed by both the Left Party and the Green Party, who said that she supported tightening abortion legislation, and did not believe in evolution.

The Green Party’s joint leader Märta Stenevi said that her party “did not have confidence in Julia Kronlid”, pointing to an interview she gave in 2014 when she said she did not believe that humans were descended from apes.

The party has proposed its finance spokesperson Janine Alm Ericson as a rival candidate. 

The Left Party said it was planning to vote for the Centre Party’s candidate for the post second deputy Speaker in the hope of blocking Kronlid as a candidate.