Sweden Democrats at record high: poll

The far-right Sweden Democrats have increased their support to a record 5.6 percent, according to a new voter poll published on Thursday.

The Pirate Party, fresh from its success in the EU elections, has however fallen 1.3 percentage points and enjoys 2.9 percent support, according to the poll by United Minds and Cint which was published in the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Since the previous poll in July the Sweden Democrats have increased their support by 1.5 points. Party leader Jimmie Åkesson is aiming for even higher in the general election to be held next year.

“Our goal is to land on six, eight percent and this is a step in the right direction,” Åkesson said to Aftonbladet.”

Jimmie Åkesson sees a future for the party in which it holds the balance of power.

“When the power of government is up for grabs I think all parties will be prepared to talk to us,” he said.

The poll indicates that the left block of Social Democrats, Green and Left parties enjoy a lead with 46.8 percent of the vote. The governing Alliance coalition collected a total of 42.1 percent.

The Liberal party increased its support by 1.1 points to 7.6 percent in the latest poll while problems for the Christian Democrats continue – with only 3.6 percent they remain below the threshold required for parliamentary seats.

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