Government parties fall in the polls
The governing Social Democrats and Greens have the lowest voter support in many years according to an opinion poll conducted by Novus and published by Swedish Radio News on Saturday.
The Green Party takes the hardest hit, as it obtained its worst result since the opinion poll, know as Svensk väljaropinion, started in 2010.
"We sure want to do better than this, but this fall there has been a lot of focus on issues that have little to do with the Green Party's main achievements in the government," Green Party secretary Anders Wallner tells Swedish Radio News.
The Green Party obtained 6.4 percent of the voters' sympathies in the survey, and their government partners, the Social Democrats, fell slightly to 25.8 percent, which is the lowest figure since the former party leader, Håkan Juholts, resigned.
The Sweden Democrats keep growing and are now at a record 19.1 percent for this poll. The newly reelected SD leader Jimmie Åkesson tells Swedish Radio news he is not surprised by the good results.
"Voters have long said we are the party with the highest credibility in immigration and asylum issues. And now, with problems like the current refugee crisis, voters are more likely to come to us," he says.
All variations from the previous poll are small and the two main blocs have similar support figures. In the opposition Alliance, the Moderates and the Liberals grow to 23.2 and 5.6 percent respectively, the Center Party falls to 6.8 percent, and the Christian Democrats are stable at 3.7 percent, a result that would leave them out of parliament in an election.
The Left Party slightly grew to 6.9 percent, which is their best result since the 2014 election.