Red-green parties strong lead in polls
A new poll shows Sweden's ruling government alliance would lose its majority with the red-green opposition parties capturing nearly 50 percent of voters if the election was held today.
If the red-green opposition was to form a coalition ahead of next year's election, the Social Democrats, Left and Green parties would win a convincing victory with 49.8 percent of the vote. Statistics Sweden found the center-right ruling block would receive 39.7 percent of the votes.
Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderates fell back to 25.5 percent compared to the Social Democrats, Sweden's largest party according to the poll, who also dropped down to 34.3 percent.
Coming in as Sweden's third largest party was the far-right Sweden Democrats, capturing 9.3 percent. The Greens arrived in fourth with 8.8 percent of voter's support, while the Left Party picked up 6.7 percent and other parties gathering 1.3 percent of the votes.
All four parties of the ruling coalition scored above the 4-percent threshold needed to win seats in Sweden's Parliament though polling numbers for both the Centre Party and Christian Democrats hung considerably low at 4.7 and 4.1 percent respectively. Both parties, however, saw their numbers increase slightly since the last Statistics Sweden poll in May 2013.
Statistics Sweden conducted some 9,000 telephone interviews asking voters who would they vote for if parliamentary elections were held that day. The next general election is due to be held in September next year.