One in five respondents ranked immigration as the most important issue, whereas just over one in four ranked education as most important. The number of respondents who ranked immigration top has increased by seven percentage points from 13 to 20 since August last year, according to Ipsos.
David Ahlin at Ipsos says to Dagens Nyheter that the Christian Democrat proposal about cutting asylum costs and the Liberals' language test proposal may have put immigration even higher up on the political agenda.
"This issue has gotten a lot of attention in the public debate lately, but we first noticed this increase early last year before the elections. We've seen this development in other European countries, but this is a new trend in Sweden," Ahlin says.