Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven. File photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/TT
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Gap widens between Sweden's political blocks

The gap between Sweden's centre-right and red-green political blocks is growing, according to a fresh opinion poll conducted by Sifo. The centre-right government alliance parties received 36 percent of voters' support in the poll, while the red-green parties landed at 52.8 percent.

"Single polls are always tricky to interpret, but the difference is so dramatic in this latest one. We have reached a point where the gap between the blocks is so big that many think it is impossible for the alliance government to recover," Marie Demker, a political scientist at the University of Gothenburg, told Swedish Radio News.

The Sifo poll, published by newspapers Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgsposten, is the latest in a string of surveys to indicate that the gap between the blocks is widening. According to a Novus poll conducted for Swedish Radio News in the beginning of February, the difference was 14 percentage units. In the new Sifo poll the difference is 17 percentage units.

The Sifo poll also points to an uncertain future for two of the alliance parties, the Centre Party and the Christian Democrat Party, which both risk being shut of the government if they do not manage to garner four per cent each of the vote. The other government parties are the conservative Moderate Party and the Liberal Party.

Demker said that the Sifo poll is good news for the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Green Party, and that the government will have a hard time turning things around unless something unexpected happens.

"Something dramatic must happen, something which concretely changes voters' views of the government and the opposition," said Demker.

The general election takes place seven months from now, in September 2014.

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