Rise in polls ‘Löfven-effect’: political expert

Since the new Social Democrat party leader Stefan Löfven took up the post at the end of January, the party is gaining strength in the polls, causing political experts to speak of a ”Löfven-effect”.

Rise in polls 'Löfven-effect': political expert

”It is obvious that it is a party leader effect. The new head is inspiring voters with confidence through the calm and the stability that he radiates,” said Olof Ruin, professor in social science to news agency TT, adding that he is not surprised with the rise in confidence.

In fact, both the Social Democrats and the Left Party have seen a boost after their recent change in party leaders.

Voter support for the Social Democrats increased by 2.7 percentage points and the Left Party by 1.3 in the latest poll, carried out by research firm United Minds for the Aftonbladet daily.

The recent rise means that the gap between the blocks is evening out.

According to the latest poll, the opposition parties received 45.7 percent compared to the government parties’ 46.3 percent. The Sweden Democrats’ support fell to 7.2 percent.

According to Ruin, it is impossible to say whether the positive trend for the opposition will continue.

”You simply cannot know if they will continue to get these results. The voters are very changeable at the moment,” he told TT.

The poll showed that the Christian Democrat support also rose by 1.9 percentage points while the Centre party lost 2.4, bringing them below the four percent needed for the Riksdag.

According to Ruin, the drop in voter support for the Centre Party could be partly explained by the party leaving their position at the very centre of the political spectrum and moving to the right.

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