Social Democrats More Popular Than Government

A new opinion poll suggests that if a general election was called now, Sweden’s opposition Social Democrats would enjoy more support  than all of the center-right alliance parties in power put together.

According to the survey 44.1 percent said they would vote for Social Democrats compared to a total of 41.4 percent for the four parties forming the current government.

Since Mona Sahlin took over as leader of the Social Democrats in March, support has risen by 4.8 percentage points according to the poll by SIFO research International, and analysts say such a rapid rise in popularity is quite unusual.

Meanwhile, the party’s previous leader and former Prime Minister, Göran Persson, has formally announced his intention to quit as a member of parliament at the end of the month.

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