Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and opposition leader Mona Sahlin debate in parliament

Opposition Lead Increases

With around 11 months left to the Swedish general elections, the latest poll shows the three center-left opposition parties have increased their lead over the center-right government.

The Demoskop survey gives the Social Democrats, Greens, and Left Party support from 50.7 percent of voters. That compares to 44 percent for the ruling conservative Moderates, Liberals, Christians Democrats, and Center Party.

The Christian Democrats also fall under the 4 percent threshold for representation in parliament.

Following the last elections three years ago, the opposition lead rose to as much as 15 percent, but in the last year this has shrunk until the two sides were more or less even. Now the trend seems to be swinging back towards the opposition.

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