Photo: Christine Olsson/TT
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's Social Democrats lost most in the latest Sifo poll, Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

Social Democrats' worst showing ever in new poll

The latest Sifo opinion poll shows the ruling Social Democrats losing their position as Sweden’s largest political party.

The poll, commissioned by the newspapers Svenska Dagbladet and Göteborgs-Posten, gives the Social Democrats 23.3 percent support, the party’s lowest result since the poll began in 1967. Meanwhile, the survey shows the opposition conservative Moderates as Sweden’s largest party at 25.6 percent.

The Red-Green parties, the Social Democrats and their Green coalition partners, as well as the Left Party, altogether have 37.2 percent support, compared to 42.8 percent for the four center-right Alliance parties of the former government.

The poll also shows the opposition Christian Democrats nudging just above the 4 percent threshold for representation in parliament.

The steady increases by the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats seems to have come to an end, with the party dipping slightly to 18.2 percent. However the 0.8 percent drop is within the margin of the error. Analysts save the shifts in the poll may reflect the problems the ruling parties are having dealing with the recent major increase in refugees.

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