Stefan Löfven och Alliansen.
Stefan Löfven of the Social Democrats could be smiling at the figures compared to the four leaders of the Alliance parties. Credit: Piroschka van de Wouw/TT and Henrik Montgomery/TT.

Social Democrats get timely public boost in efforts to form a new government

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A new SCB poll suggests the Social Democrats have gained the most in public trust while the centre-right Alliance has suffered from the government crisis of the last three months.

The national statistics authority, SCB, asked almost 9,000 people in November how they would vote if there were another election today, and it seems that the centre-left has pulled away from the centre-right in public opinion.

Taken together, the Social Democrats, Left and Green parties are supported by 42.9 percent of the public, compared to 37.5 percent for the four Alliance parties (Moderates, Christian Democrats, Liberals, Center). The difference between the two blocks was only 0.5 percent at the recent election.

The Liberals have lost the most in public support, at 4.3 percent, dropping 1.2 percentage points since the election three months ago. The Greens are also hovering around the four percent parliamentary threshold, while the Christian Democrats, who were one of the big winners on election night, dropped back 0.9 percentage points to 5.4 percent.

The largest party, the Social Democrats, with leader Stefan Löfven currently in talks to form a government, gained the most in the poll, with 30.5 percent saying they would vote for them, a rise of 2.2 percent.

The Sweden Democrats increased by 0.3 percent to 18.3 percent.   

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