Sweden Democrats Poised for Big Gains in EU Vote, Poll Shows

(Bloomberg) -- The Sweden Democrats could double its number of seats to four in the coming European Parliament vote, a poll by Sifo for the Europaportalen news site showed.

The anti-immigration party would get 18 percent of the votes, up from 9.7 percent in the 2014 election. The poll, the first published ahead of the May election, also shows that the Liberals and the Feminist Initiative Party would lose their seats.

The Social Democrats, Moderates, the Christian Democrats and the Left Party would all gain a seat each, while the Green Party would probably lose half of its seats, according calculations from the election authority based on the poll.

According to Sifo, the participation rate will be record high. As many as 70 percent say they are probably going to vote, up from 51 percent who voted in last election. A third are undecided.

Here are the results of the Sifo poll of 1,537 people on Feb. 20-25 compared with the 2014 election results:

  • Moderates at 16.4 percent versus 13.6 percent
  • Social Democrats at 27.5 percent versus 24.2 percent
  • Center Party at 5.8 percent versus 6.5 percent
  • Liberals at 3.8 percent versus 9.9 percent
  • Christian Democrats at 8.6 percent versus 5.9 percent
  • Left Party at 10 percent versus 6.3 percent
  • Greens at 6.4 percent versus 15.4 percent
  • Sweden Democrats at 18 percent versus 9.7 percent
  • Feminist Initiative at 1.2 percent versus 5.5 percent

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