Swedish opposition lead stable, Feminists clear parliament threshold-poll

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 04, 2014 1:43 AM

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's center-left opposition parties' lead over the governing coalition was stable in the past week and the Social Democrats, Green and Left parties would get 48.1 percent of votes if an election were held now, an opinion poll showed on Thursday.

However, the unaligned but left-leaning Feminist Initiative party saw support increase to 4.0 percent from 3.0 percent and for the first time reached the 4 percent threshold needed to win seats in parliament, the poll showed.

Support for the center-left bloc was down 0.7 percentage points from a week ago, the Ipsos poll of 1,463 people conducted between Aug. 22 to Sept. 1 and published by the Dagens Nyheter daily showed.

Support for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's minority, center-right Alliance government stood at 36.9 percent, down 0.8 percent from the previous poll.

The anti-immigration Swedish Democrats' support increased to 9.7 percent, up 0.1 percentage points from the previous poll.

The current government is made up of the Moderates, Center, Christian Democrat and Liberal parties.

The election is scheduled for Sept. 14.

(Reporting by Olof Swahnberg; Editing by Niklas Pollard)