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Voters continue to flee Social Democrats: poll

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Support for the Social Democrats continues to slide, having now dipped below 30 percent, according to a new poll.

The Social Democrats have shed four percentage points, bringing their support down to 29.7 percent.

At the same time, support for the Green Party has gone up by 1.8 percent since last month, according to a poll conducted by the Aftonbladet newspaper in cooperation with the United Minds business intelligence firm.

Among the centre-right Alliance parties, both the Centre Party and Christian Democrats have suffered from a drop in voter support. The Christian Democrats have shed half a percent, putting them below the four percent threshold required for representation in the Riksdag.

The far-right Sweden Democrats, meanwhile, dropped a fraction of a percent to 5.7 percent, a level still well above the Riksdag threshold.

Despite the drop in support for Sweden's largest political party, the centre-left three opposition parties still have more combined support, 46.9 percent, than the Alliance parties' 42.3 percent

The survey results are based on responses from 1,166 people who were asked about their party support between October 26th and November 23rd.

The overall results for voter support are as follows, with the changes from the previous poll in parentheses:

Moderates: 27.4 (+0.8); Liberal Party: 6.8 (+0.9); Centre Party: 4.4 (-0.2); Christian Democrats: 3.7 (-0.5); Green Party: 10.4 (+1.8); Social Democrats: 29.7 (-4.0); Left Party: 6.9 (+1.2); Sweden Democrats: 5.7 (-0.3); Pirate Party: 2.5 (+0.4); Others: 2.5 (0).

United Minds conducted the survey using web-based panels, which consisted of people who were recruited to provide a representative sample of the population with respect to gender, age, and place of residence.

The results were also weighted according to how participants voted in the last election, a practice also common among polling firms who conduct surveys in a more traditional fashion of calling a random set of respondents.

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