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Government Trails in New Poll

Published måndag 20 november 2006 kl 11.59
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's new government is sagging in the polls

Sweden’s new center-right government has fallen more than 7 percentage points behind the opposition in the polls, just two months after it was elected.

The new Sifo poll gives the four party coalition 43.8 percent support, compared to 51.2 percent for the Social Democrats and their allies. The drop does not seem to reflect the scandals that led to two ministers resigning shortly after the government took over, as last month’s poll, taken after the resignations, showed the coalition more than one point ahead of the opposition.

The major loser in the new survey is the Liberal Party, which dropped two points in the last month, down to 6.3 percent. The biggest winners are the Social Democrats, who picked up 3.5 points, with support now at 38.9 percent.

Political scientist Sören Holmberg says he isn’t surprised by the results, commenting that the voters are impatient, and the scandals involving the ministers, and the current debate over unemployment benefits, have shortened the usual political honeymoon.

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