Leaders of the Red Green opposition parties, Lars Ohly (V), Mona Sahlin (S) and Peter Eriksson (MP). Photo: Janerik Henriksson / SCANPIX
Elections 2010

Major Poll Shows Red Greens Ahead

Sweden's Red Green opposition parties are slated to win the country's national election come autumn, according to a new poll released by Statistics Sweden. According to the bureau, 50.2 percent of Swedes support the Red Green opposition, whereas just 44.2 percent support the sitting center-right government, a coalition led by the conservative Moderates. The poll, which was conducted last month, contradicts the results of recent polls that showed the incumbent government to have the lead.

Sweden's Red Green opposition parties are slated to win the country's national election come autumn, according to a new poll released by Statistics Sweden. According to the bureau, 50.2 percent of Swedes support the Red Green opposition, whereas just 44.2 percent support the sitting center-right government, a coalition led by the conservative Moderates. The poll, which was conducted last month, contradicts the results of recent polls that showed the incumbent government to have the lead.

"This just means that the autumn election is completely open. But it also stresses that we have to work incredibly hard," said the Moderate party's secretary, Per Schlingmann to news agency TT.

Social Democrat party secretary Ibrahim Baylan told TT, "We usually go into an election campaign with high figures only to fall back. Now, we're going in with fairly low numbers, which means we have all the opportunity in the world to get this up. Our goal is to work ourselves up to 40 percent."

Ever since Statistics Sweden began running this kind of poll in 1973, it has correctly predicted the winner of the election the following autumn.

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