Politicians react to polling losses
After a trusted poll showed a dip for the Sweden Democrats and dismal numbers for the Christian Democrats and Green Party, politicians interpreted the bad news in a variety of ways.
Party Secretary for the Sweden Democrats Richard Jomshof told Swedish Radio news that there was a positive side to the two-and-a-half point drop for his party.
"It isn't surprising that we take a step back after this extreme situation and the great poll we had in the fall. Now when we have a situation where, for example, the Moderates have begun to borrow our issues, it's clear that it affects the Sweden Democrats in the short run," he said.
The Christian Democrats had their lowest polling numbers since they were first included with Statistics Sweden's survey in 1991.
"We need to reverse the trend. We need to make vigorous changes in how we work and how we reach voters. These figures have to be taken seriously," said Acko Ankarberg, the Christian Democrat party secretary. She had told news agency TT that the results were "very sad."
And the Green Party secretary Amanda Lind, who's party fell more than a point, told TT that the drop was expected. And she told Swedish Radio why.
"I think there are many different explanations behind it. The biggest is the recent turmoil, which has many different causes. That a small party drops in the middle of a governing period isn't unusual," said Lind.