Opposition wins big poll lead
The red-green opposition would win a convincing victory if there were a general election today, according to one of the biggest opinion polls, held twice annually by the state-owned Statistics Sweden agency. The Social Democrat, Left and Green parties would get a total of 50.5 percent, and the four-party centre-right government alliance would get 40.7 percent.
The Social Democrats have re-established a clear lead as this country's most popular political party, gaining 35.6 percent in the poll, out today. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderates fall back to 26.9 percent.
The Greens come third with 8.5 percent, while the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats come in fourth place with 7.7 percent support.
The Christian Democrats would fall below the threshold of 4 percent, needed to win parliament seats in Sweden's form of proportional representation, and wiping out any chances of the Reinfeldt government winning a third election.
The next general election is due to be held in September next year.
However pollsters Statistics Sweden say almost half of the 9,000 people they asked refused to answer, something they say is starting to become a problem. Least likely to speak to the pollsters are women, the young, people born abroad, and those with low levels of education and income.