Support for opposition parties on the rise

If an election were to be held today in Sweden the red-green opposition parties would receive a majority in parliament, according to fresh polling figures. However, the changes since the last polls were conducted are small and the centre-right coalition government still stands a chance of winning the 2014 general election, according to political scientists interviewed by news agency TT.

Support for the conservative Moderate Party has dropped to the lowest level since the summer of 2008, according to a new survey by Demoskop, but the other parties in the centre-right coalition government are faring better.

Support for the Moderate Party is at 23.4 percent, according to the survey, while the opposition Social Democrats received 33.1 percent of voters' support.

"We are pleased that the other alliance parties are advancing, but at the same time this shows that we have to make more of an effort to get our message out," Moderate Party secretary Kent Persson told tabloid Expressen.

The Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Greens received 49.7 percent of voter support in the Demoskop survey, while support for the Sweden Democrats dropped by 1.4 percentage units to 10.5 percent.

Yougov's latest survey for the Metro newspaper and United Minds' survey for tabloid Aftonbladet also show a drop in support for the government alliance parties and growing support for the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Greens. The Sweden Democrats came out as the third biggest party in both YouGov's and United Minds' surveys.

An Ipsos survey conducted for newspaper Dagens Nyheter showed that the government alliance parties lag far behind the opposition. The changes are not statistically secured, however.

According to a Sifo survey, support for the Greens has increased by 1.9 percentage units compared with figures published in November, while the Social Democrats' support dropped by 2.0 percentage units. The survey showed only slight changes for the other political parties. The Sifo survey was published by newspaper Svenska Dagbladet and local newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.

The Sweden Democrats reached record levels of support in a Novus survey conducted for TV4, reaching 10.4 percent.

Education is the hottest topic in the coming election, according to the survey by tabloid Aftonbladet and United Minds, followed by unemployment, elderly care and immigration.

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