Social Democrats jump in new poll
The same day that the opposition conservative Moderates chose their new leader, the governing Social Democrats have leaped ahead in a poll. The Demoscop survey shows support for the Social Democrats increasing by 5 percentage points, to 32.3 percent.
But the other party in the red-green coalition, the Greens, have fallen back somewhat to 6.6 percent, their lowest showing since July 2009. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who hold a balance of power in the current parliament, have risen slightly to 14.4 percent, their highest showing ever.
The poll gives the government and the Left Party together 44.2 percent, compared to 38.6 percent for the four parties in the coalition that lost power in the September elections.