Alliance on course for absolute majority: poll

Sweden's governing coalition has retained a strong poll lead over the Red-Green opposition with the general election just three weeks away.

Alliance on course for absolute majority: poll

The four centre-right Alliance parties amassed a combined total of 50.0 percent in Sifo’s fourth August poll, enough to secure a slim absolute majority in the Riksdag.

The three Red-Green parties bidding to oust the government scored 43.3 percent, giving the Alliance a 6.7 point lead, according to the survey published in Svenska Dagbladet.

The far-right Sweden Democrats soared back over the 4 percent parliamentary threshold, securing the support of 4.6 percent of respondents.

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt’s Moderate Party remained the country’s largest party with a 33 percent share of voter sympathies, up 0.9 points on last weekend’s poll.

Mona Sahlin, Reinfeldt’s rival for the prime ministerial post, also received a boost in the poll with 30.8 percent of respondents siding with the Social Democrats, a rise of 0.7 percentage points.

The Liberal Party by contrast witnessed a 1.6 point dip in support, bringing Jan Bj√∂rklund’s party back down to 6.2 percent.

Sifo asked 1,420 potential voters between August 23rd and 26th which party they would vote for if the election were held today.

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