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Pirates close in on Riksdag: poll

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Pirates close in on Riksdag: poll
10:38 CEST+02:00
The Pirate Party and the far-right Sweden Democrats are on course for seats in the Riksdag according to a new poll.

The Pirate Party received the backing of 4.2 percent of the electorate in the poll published in the newspaper Aftonbladet on Sunday - enough to claim Riksdag seats at a general election. The far-right Sweden Democrats claimed 4.1 percent.

Carl Melin at polling firm United Minds expressed surprise at the continued support for the Pirate Party, which claimed more than seven percent of the vote in recent EU elections.

"It is a little surprising that they continue to enjoy support, but they have had a lot of attention. If I were to take a guess then the Pirate Party would not get in, but it is not unthinkable," he told the newspaper.

The advance of the Sweden Democrats is however less of a surprise to Melin.

"They have been doing well for a while."

The Social Democrats claimed 31.4 percent in the poll, the Green party 10 percent, the Left party 6.7 percent, the Moderates 26.8 percent, Liberal party 6.5 percent, Centre party 4.5 percent and the Christian Democrats 4 percent.

Other parties claimed the remaining 1.8 percent in the voter survey.

United Minds asked 1,914 people "which party would you vote for if an election were held today" online between June 24th and July 17th.

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