Sweden Democrats at record high: poll

The far-right Sweden Democrats enjoy a good margin of support above the four percent threshold required for parliamentary seats and are now bigger than both the Christian Democrat and Centre parties, according to Sifo's November poll.

The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats claimed a record 5.8 percent of voter sympathies in the Sifo poll published in the Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgs-Posten newspapers on Sunday.

The new poll represents an increase of 1.1 percent on Sifo’s October survey. While the climb is not deemed statistically significant, the party is clearly above the four percent threshold.

The only statistically significant change on the October poll is the Green party’s rise of 2.1 percent to 9.7 percent.

Neither of the political blocs gained a majority of voter support in the poll, which would thus grant the Sweden Democrats the balance of power if it were an election result.

The Alliance government parties polled a total of 44 percent of voter support, while the red-green opposition enjoy the support of 48.9 percent.

The overall Sifo poll results are as follows, with the change from the previous poll in parentheses:

Social Democrats: 33.3 (-2.4); Green Party: 9.7 ( +2.1); Left Party: 5.7 percent (0 percent); Moderates: 28.5 (-0.7); Centre Party: 4.5 (-0.1); Liberal Party (Folkpartiet): 7.0 (+0.7); ; Christian Democrats: 4.0 (-0.3); Sweden Democrats 5.8 (+1.1); other parties 1.4 (-0.4).

The Sifo poll was carried out between November 2nd and 12th and is based on telephone interviews with 1,894 people.

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