THE Sweden election could see the eurosceptic Sweden Democrats become kingmaker as polls show the party makes great gains against the governing Social Democrats.
By – Anders Anglesey
In the latest opinion poll, the nationalist party yet again built on its meteoric rise, placing ahead of the conservative Moderate Party making it look increasingly likely they will become country’s second largest party.
The Sweden Democrats has gained support in the polls as it focuses its campaign on refugees and migrants ahead of the September election.
It scored 22 percent in the latest poll – only two points behind the leftist Social Democrats and three percent ahead of the Moderates – as establishment parties continue to lose ground.
The poll by Novus, carried out between June 25 and July 22, found Stefan Löfven’s Social Democrats topped the list with 24 percent. The party is plummeting in popularity compared to four years ago when they entered into a left-wing coalition with the Green Party with 31 percent of the vote.
The Sweden Democrats, led by Jimmie Åkesson, is set for its best ever election result on September 9 and is projected to win 76 seats – adding 27 to its current total.
The Sweden Democrats have earned support for demanding a migration freeze and a crackdown on crime.
According to the Novus poll, which surveyed the voting intentions of 4,808 people aged 18 and above, a leftist coalition formed by the Social Democrats, Greens and the socialist Left party would be able to form a minority government with 38 percent of the vote.
The Alliance, formed by the Moderates, Centre Party, Liberals and Christian Democrats, would fall just short with 36 percent.
But with votes so close, the deadlock could make the Sweden Democrats kingmakers, depending on how willing the opposition parties would be to deprive them of their casting vote.
Many observers believe Mr Åkesson is setting the political agenda in the Nordic nation.
Earlier this month he said the the Sweden Democrats’ hard-line policies were driven by “love and confidence” in Sweden.
He added: “If we are the second biggest or biggest party in parliament and the other parties still believe we can be ignored, and pretend we don’t exist, then we must flex our muscles.”
Read more: From 2018/08/03