Poll: Christian Dems Not in Parliament
A new poll continues to give the center-right a lead over the Social Democratic government and its Green and Left party allies.
But the survey also shows one of the four opposition parties under the 4 percent threshold to get into parliament.
Even without the Christian Democrats, the poll gives the other three opposition parties a slight lead over the government and its allies. The survey also indicates the new EU-skeptic June List party is also under the parliamentary threshold. Leading Christian Democrats have expressed concern the June List would cut into their support.
Meanwhile, Social Democrat Prime Minister Göran Persson has questioned his party’s continued cooperation with the former Communist Left Party. Persson left the door open for working together with parties within the current opposition, although they have shown little interest in abandoning their common front.
The anti-immigrant Sweden Democrat party will have a higher profile in next September’s elections. Swedish Radio News reports that because the extreme right wing party received more than 1 percent of the vote in the last parliamentary elections, its ballots will now be printed and distributed by the election authorities, together with those of the other parties.