New poll: Sweden Democrats on the rise

The far-right Sweden Democrats have enough support to claim seats in the parliament were a general election to be held today, a new poll indicates.

The latest voter opinion poll from Sifo shows that the Sweden Democrats enjoy the support of more than 4 percent of the electorate, the requirement for claiming seats in parliament in a general election, for the first time.

The Sweden Democrats gained the support of 4.2 percent of those polled, only 0.2 percent behind the Christian Democrats, one of the governing Alliance coalition parties.

In the last general election in 2006 the Sweden Democrats received 2.9 percent of the votes. The party has since then doubled its campaigning resources, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Sören Holmberg, a political science professor at Gothenburg University, told Svenska Dagbladet that although the current changes are fairly small the ongoing discussion around the new EU Lisbon Treaty could strengthen support for the Sweden Democrats. Holmberg observes that the Sweden Democrats are, after the June list and the Left Party, Sweden’s most EU-critical party.

The opposition parties continue to hold a commanding lead over the government with 53.6 percent support to the Alliance coalition’s 40.2 percent.

Mona Sahlin’s Social Democrats remain the largest party with 41.6 percent, followed by Fredrik Reinfeldt’s Moderates with 22.6 percent.

The Liberal Party (Folk Party) claimed 7.7 percent, the Centre Party 5.5 percent, the Green Party 6.6 percent, the Left Party 5.4 percent and the Christian Democrats received 4.4 percent.

Sifo asked a representative sample of 1,888 which party they would vote for if a general election were held today. The interviews were conducted between June 2nd-June 12th 2008.