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Drop in polls 'reverse Juholt effect': Moderates

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12:52 CEST+02:00
Sweden's voters continue to flock towards the left wing opposition, leaving the governing Moderate Party with a shrinking electoral support now below 29 percent, a recent poll showed.

The latest poll showed Moderates hitting their lowest results since March 2010, when the party received 28.3 percent.

“We take this situation seriously. We're heading for a situation in which these levels seem to be stabilizing. Although it does look as though the Social Democrats' rise in support has stopped,” said the Moderates' party secretary Kent Persson to news agency TT.

Voters' sympathies seem to have stabilized with this latest poll, after some tempestuous changes over the past couple of months.

Together, the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Green Party received over 50 percent, while the four centre-right governing parties hit just 44 percent.

The Social Democrats alone received support from 36 percent of voters in the poll.

Kent Persson believes that the rapid growth for his opponents can be explained by a “reverse Juholt effect”, referring to the Social Democrats' previous party head Håkan Juholt, who was replaced in January by Stefan Löfven.

“The Social Democrats have gone from an extreme situation with Håkan Juholt, where their voters were fleeing. Now they have a stable party leadership, and that's made voters rebound.”

According to Persson, the Moderate Party is now planning to put their foot on the gas.

“We have to continue to do more. We have to get our outward work going, and speak with voters. We also have to increase the pace of our political work,” he said.

The poll was conducted by research institute Novus for national radio station Sveriges Radio (SR).

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