The survey gives the four center-right opposition parties 48.4 percent support compared to 47.8 percent for the ruling Social Democrats, and their Left and Green party allies. Just six months ago, the opposition enjoyed a 19 percent margin over the government and its support parties.
But another poll shows most Swedes would prefer to see opposition leader Fredrik Reinfeldt as prime minister after the September elections. Thirty-eight percent of those queried said their choice was Reinfeldt, leader of the conservative Moderate party. Just 33 percent want the current Social Democrat Prime Minister Göran Persson to remain in the job.