The Sifo poll, published by Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) on Sunday, put the Christian Democrats well below the 4 percent threshold required for parliamentary seats. The figure, 2.7 percent, is the party’s worst in eight years.
The Greens, on the other hand, climbed in the Sifo poll, increasing support by two percentage units – the only statistically significant change compared to the previous poll.
The Greens now have a decent lead on the right-wing Sweden Democrats, which the Green Party has identified as the main political adversary in 2014, when the next general election will take place.
Commenting on the poor results, the Christian Democrats’ party secretary Acko Ankarberg told SvD: “We lie low between the elections and that is a big problem.”
The 2.7 percent figure is not statistically secure, but still points to Christian Democrats having to garner a lot more support to make it above 4 percent threshold. It is the worst figure under the leadership of Göran Hägglund and the lowest for the party since 2005.
The Christian Democrats is one of four governing centre-right Alliance coalition parties. In terms of membership it is the fourth largest party in Sweden, explained Ankarberg.
“Previously we have believed that everyone is a potential constituent for us but that is not how it is,” said Ankarberg.
“Instead it is people who have decided that they hold conservative values… Those are the voters we should reach out to with the Christian Democrat message,” she said.
She added that the party aims to increase support in 2014, hoping to improve on the results of the previous election when they received 5.6 percent of the vote.