Government’s Record Drop in Polls

Sweden’s center-right government has lost more support in its first 100 days in office than any other since 1967.

According to a poll published Sunday, the four government parties together have the support of 42.2 percent of Swedes, compared to 53.3 percent for the three opposition parties. Similar figures were reflected in a poll released Saturday.

Respected political scientist Sören Holmberg has attributed the drop in support to widespread opposition to the government’s plan to weaken unemployment benefits, as well as controversy over Foreign Minister Carl Bildt’s sale of stock options linked to the Russian gas giant Gazprom.