A survey by public broadcaster SVT found that 49.8% were center-left, led by Prime Minister Magdalena Anderson, and 49.2% were right-wing opposition.
Polls show that much of the race is close all the way through, and that exit polls may differ from the final results. His TV4 poll on election day also showed the center-left leading by a narrow margin.
Exit polls expected the center-left to win 176 seats, one more than the 175 needed to win a majority in a 349-seat parliament. The right was poised to win 173 seats, according to exit polls.
Mikael Giljam, a professor of political science at the University of Gothenburg, said: “SVT’s exit polls have always been right since they started the survey.
“I don’t know if that’s the case this time, but if you have to spend money on someone, it’s on the left side.”
Campaigns have seen the toughest parties battle gang crime after a steady rise in shootings that unsettled voters, but inflation and the energy crisis after the invasion of Ukraine are gaining increasing attention. .
SVT exit polls showed Jimmy Akesson’s Swedish Democratic Party, which calls for virtually zero asylum immigration, won 20.5% of the vote, up from 17.5% in the previous election.
Issues of law and order are the home of the right, but with economic clouds gathering as households and businesses face sky-high electricity prices, Prime Minister Anderson is seen as a safe haven and more popular than her party. It was found that there was
After voting in a Stockholm suburb, Anderson said, “I voted for Sweden where we continue to build our strengths. Our ability to tackle social issues together, build a sense of community and respect each other. is,” he said.
Anderson served as Minister of Finance for many years before becoming Sweden’s first female Prime Minister a year ago. Her main rival, moderate leader Ulf Christerson, hailed herself as the only candidate who could unite her right to oust her.
Mr. Christersson has spent years deepening his ties with the Swedish Democratic Party, an anti-immigrant party founded by white supremacists. Initially shunned by all other parties, the Swedish Democratic Party is now increasingly part of the mainstream right.
“Regardless of what happens tonight, the most important thing for me, for us, for all Swedish Democrats across the country, is the 175 seats that can finally bring about a change of power and a pro-Sweden policy.” Akesson. told supporters at an election night rally.
But for many center-left voters, and some right-wing voters, the prospect of Sweden’s Democrats having a say in government policy or even joining the cabinet remains very unsettling.
Malin Ericsson, 53, a travel consultant, said at a polling station in central Stockholm: “I am very afraid of the coming government that is repressive and very right-wing.
Other voters wanted to see change.
“I voted for a change of power,” said Jorgen Hellstrom, 47, a small business owner who voted near parliament. “Taxes need to come down significantly, crime needs to be sorted out. The last eight years have gone the wrong way.”
Christersson said he aimed to form a government with a minority of Christian Democrats and possibly the Liberals, relying solely on the support of the Swedish Democrats in parliament. But many on the center-left were not at ease.
No matter which side wins, the negotiations to form a government in a polarized and emotionally charged political climate are likely to be long and difficult.
If Anderson wants a second term as prime minister, he will need the support of ideologically opposed centrists, leftists and possibly the Greens.