Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin and the Moderates' Fredrik Reinfeldt

Social Dems Keep Slipping in Polls

The Social Democrats are continuing to slide in the country's opinion polls. The latest ring-around done by Demoskop and tabloid Expressen has the leading opposition party losing 3.9 percentage points to rest at 29.9 percent.

The Moderates, on the other hand, increased their poll numbers to 34.5 percent, making them the party with the largest support base.

Overall, the poll shows 50.9 percent for the ruling center-right alliance against the red-green opposition's 44.3 percent.

But what do the polls tell us, and why has there been such a reversal of fortunes for both the governing center-right, and the red-green opposition, which had a comfortable lead in the polls just a few months ago.

Henrik Brors from the broadsheet Dagens Nyheter talks of a historic swing, and says voter reaction to the red-green election promises and the prospect of another financial crisis is the cause of the huge swing to the center-right.

The election will take place on September 19.

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