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Social Democrat slide continues: poll

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Social Democrat slide continues: poll
07:40 CEST+02:00
The Social Democrats have continued their election year slide in the opinion polls and are now smaller than the Moderate Party and under 30 percent for the first time in a Demoskop poll.

According to the new poll, conducted by Demoskop and published in the Expressen daily, Mona Sahlin's Social Democrats fell 3.9 percentage points in May and now command the support of 29.9 percent of voters.

Fredrik Reinfeldt's Moderates have in turn continue to perform strongly, claiming 34.5 percent of the electorate - their highest since the 2006 election and making them the largest party.

The poll shows a 6.6 percent lead for the centre-right coalition over the centre-left with the Alliance polling a total of 50.9 percent to the opposition's 44.3 percent.

While the poll showed strong gains for the Alliance coalition as a whole the Centre Party was the only other of the four to increase, up 0.6 points to 4.8 percent. The Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) polled 7.6 percent, down 1.4 points, while the Christian Democrats dropped 1.4 points to 4 percent.

The Green Party remained buoyant with 9.8 percent, while the Left Party declined slightly, dropping 0.2 points to 4.6 percent.

The Demoskop poll is the second consecutive opinion survey which shows the Alliance in the lead with the Synovate May poll showing a total of 48.3 percent to the "red-greens" 46.5 percent. In total only the third monthly poll showing a centre-right lead since the general election in 2006.

Demoskop interviewed 1,177 people from May 26th-June 2nd and asked "Which party would you vote for if parliamentary elections were to be held today".

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