Support for Sweden Democrats holds steady in poll

Support for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party stayed steady at 17.7 percent in a recent poll by Sifo, one tenth of a percentage point less than last month.

Political scientist and Social Democrat Ulf Bjereld told news agency TT that it was surprising that public opinion had not changed, considering that the Sweden Democrat's primary issue has been in the limelight so much recently.

"Many Sweden Democrats had probably hoped for an increase, with the refugee question getting so much attention, because a single-issue party always profits when its one issue is discussed," Bjereld told TT.

The poll, which was published by Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgs Posten, revealed that while the Sweden Democrats still has the third most support of the Parliamentary parties, it is the most popular party among men in Sweden, with one quarter of men of the nearly 2,000 people polled saying they would vote for that party if elections were held today.

Support for the ruling Social Democrats went up slightly by 0.7 percent to 27 percent. However, they are still four percentage points behind what they won in the general election a year ago.

Meanwhile, support decreased for the conservative Moderates, in the opposition, by 1.7 percent to 22.8 percent.

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