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Social Democrats at 10-year low: poll

Sweden's Social Democrats are haemorrhaging support and are less popular than at any time in the past 10 years, according to a new poll from Synovate. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's Moderate Party has a stable lead over its main rival, the poll shows.

Social Democrats at 10-year low: poll

With less than three months to the general election, polls are now being published almost daily. The Red-Green opposition, which has held a commanding lead over the government for most of the past four years, is now trailing the centre-right coalition, according to the poll commissioned by newspapers Sydsvenskan and Dagens Nyheter.

The four governing parties had the support of 49.1 percent of voters, while the opposition has 44.5 percent support.

Support for Mona Sahlin’s Social Democrats has fallen by almost 2.5 percentage points since May and by 5 percent since April. The party’s 30.0 percent rating is its lowest in ten years.

The Moderate Party are at 33.1 percent, an increase of 1.3 points since May. The centre-right lead of 4.6 points is within the margin of error, but the opposition had a lead of 8.1 points as recently as April.

The poll confirms a number of other recent surveys, which also showed a small centre-right lead over the opposition.

The Social Democrats are losing support primarily among voters under 44 and particularly among those under 30.

Synovate interviewed 2,973 people over the age of 18 between 7th and 22nd June. They were asked: ‘If there was a parliamentary election today, which party would you vote for?’

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Moderate MP calls for moratorium on Swedish citizenship grants

An MP for the right-wing Moderate party has called for a moratorium on Swedish citizenship until new tougher rules planned by the incoming right-wing government are in place.

Moderate MP calls for moratorium on Swedish citizenship grants

Fredrik Kärrholm, a former police officer newly elected as a Moderate MP, floated the idea of the moratorium in a tweet on Thursday. 

“The Christian Democrats, Liberals, Sweden Democrats and Moderates all want to tighten citizenship requirements,” he wrote. 

“Right now 96,411 applications are being processed. While new legislation is being hammered out, a moratorium on new citizenships should be considered.” 

The proposal seems to come from Kärrholm himself, and does not necessarily reflect Moderate Party policy, but it may indicate the thinking of some in the party over tightening citizenship, a subject which is bound to be a significant part of the ongoing discussions on the next government’s programme.  

Kärrholm caused controversy in the election campaign for posing in campaign literature dressed in police uniform, despite having left the police force in 2021. 

Sweden’s national police said at the time that it was inappropriate for former or serving police officers to use police uniform or symbols in political campaigns. 

“This is about preserving the confidence of the public and keeping political roles separate from roles as a public official,” police spokesperson Irene Sokolow told the Aftonbladet newspaper

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