Stefan Löfven (left) and Fredrik Reinfeldt before Sunday's debate, Foto: Anders Wiklund/Scanpix

Opposition leader catches up to PM in popularity

After less than four months in the job, Social Democrat opposition leader Stefan Löfven has caught up to his rival, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, in popularity.

Following the first party leader debate since he took over, a new survey from Yougov says 36 percent of Swedes prefer Löfven as the head of the government, exactly the same as those who support the prime minister.


Back in January, 47 percent said they preferred Reinfeldt as prime minister, and only 5 percent favored the then-Social Democrat leader, Håkan Juholt.

Other polls have shown that the three Red-Green opposition parties have regained their lead over the four center-right government parties.

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