Left Party Under Parliamentary Threshold
With less than a month to Sweden’s general elections, a new poll indicates that the former Communist Left Party is under the 4 percent threshold for representation in parliament.
The Temo poll shows the party falling 1.1 points since the last survey, putting its support now at 3.6 percent. It’s the Left’s lowest showing in more than 12 years, and a fall of more than 7 points since current leader Lars Ohly took over at the end of 2003.
The Left, along with the Greens, support the minority Social Democrat government in parliament. Should the Left not be returned, it would be virtually impossible for the Social Democrats to stay in power. Recent polls have given the four party center-right opposition alliance a slight lead.