Government ahead in opinion polls
A survey by Swedish Radio News suggests that the Social Democrats have lost ground to the Moderates this month.
The survey puts together five opinion polls from different agencies. They show that, on average, support for the Social Democrats has gone down by almost three percentage points, to an average result of 29.4 per cent.
Tommy Möller, professor in political science at Stockholm University, says that this result was to be expected, after the media firestorm against opposition leader Håkan Juholt, over his incorrect rent subsidy payments.
The Social Democrats are back polling the same level of support as last October, just after their disastrous election loss. Tommy Möller says that, while the issue of Juholt's rent payments may blow over, it's a bigger problem that the Social Democrats have not bounce back at all since their election defeat, and since choosing a new party leader.
In the compilation of polls all the other Swedish parties saw their support rise slightly. The Christian Democrats are again, just barely, over the four per cent threshold to enter parliament.