Polls back both sides ahead of election re-run

Polls back both sides ahead of election re-run
The parties on both sides of the Swedish political spectrum were given a boost in last minute polls ahead of Sunday's municipal election re-run in Västra Götaland in western Sweden.

Surveys carried out leading up to todays election suggest that the Social Democrats have a slight advantage at the polling booths, while Fredrik Reinfeldt enjoys more faith than new red-green leader Håkan Juholt.

The other main question at the election today will be how many people bother registering their vote, with fears rising that the turnout could reach a record low.

Sweden’s Election Review Board (Valprövningsnämnden) announced in February that the election in Vätra Götaland, Western Sweden, would need to be re-run after irregularities in the September 2010 vote. It is the fourth time that such an event has taken place in Sweden.

Despite fears over the turnout, the re-election gives the opposition an opportunity to gauge the popularity of new Social Democrat leader Juholt. Although the latest estimates suggest that his coalition holds a lead over the ruling alliance of some 48,6 percent against 42,7 percent, voters still seemingly have more faith in the capability of Fredrik Reinfeldt to lead a country.

The latest survey carried out by Skop shows that 73 percent of the population believe Reinfeldt is the better leader, with just 27 percent backing Juholt.

If there is a consolation for Juholt, Reinfeldt has lost some ground since the same question was posed in March, while Juholt is considerably more popular than his predecessor Mona Sahlin.

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