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Alliance support sinks to five-year low

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Alliance support sinks to five-year low
08:38 CET+01:00
Grilling hot dogs in a photo op show of unity appears not to have whetted Swedish voters' appetite for the government coalition, as support for the centere-right Alliance hits a five-year low.

Less than two weeks after a four-party powwow at Centre Party leader Annie Lööf's childhood home in Maramö to start planning for the 2014 elections, opinion polls show support for the coalition has dropped below 40 percent.

After deliberations in the white villa, the four party leaders came out to grill sausages in front of the awaiting press corps.

It is the first time since 2008 that the centre-right coalition, led by the powerful Moderate Party, has had the confidence of fewer than two in five Swedes.

The poll by Demoskop showed that both Lööf's party and her coalition colleagues in the Christian Democrats are below the four-percent threshold needed to enter parliament.

"It's extremely clear that it isn't going well for the Alliance," Demoskop CEO Anders Lindholm told the TT news agency.

The opposition Social Democrat, Green and Left parties, which in 2010 formed a "red-green bloc" in an unsuccessful bid to dethrone the government, together have 48.1 percent of the voters' support according to the poll, which was published in the Expressen newspaper.

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