The Swedish Democrats are taking votes away from traditional parties
The Sweden Democrats are projected to take as much as 23.9 per cent of the vote as appetite for the traditionalist parties wanes.
The Swedish general election will be held on or before September 9 2018 to elect the members of the national law-making assembly – the Riksdag.
But current Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven and the leader of the Social Democrats is facing losses at this early stage of the polling.
Mr Trump did not exaggerate Sweden’s current problems
Jimmie Akesson and Mattias Karlsson
A YouGov poll showed nearly a quarter of voters say they said they would vote for the Sweden Democrats if an election were held now, meaning its support is at nearly double the level during 2014 general election.
Growing worries about immigration in Sweden, which received a record 160,000 refugees in 2015, have boosted support for the hardline Sweden Democrats, echoing the rise of populist parties across Europe.
The YouGov poll gives the Sweden Democrats 23.9 per cent of support, in the lead ahead of the governing Social Democrats on 22 per cent of support.
Leader Jimmie Akesson celebrates at the election night party of the far-right Sweden Democrats
Meanwhile, in another poll nationalist Sweden Democrats received 19.2 per cent support in a poll by Novus for Swedish Television, up from 18.5 per cent a month ago.
That compares with the 13 per cent they polled in the general election in 2014.
In another poll in daily Dagens Nyheter the right-wing party got 18 per cent of support – up from 17 per cent.
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There has been riots on the streets in Sweden
Those two polls put the Sweden Democrats in second place behind the Social Democrats, who form the minority government with the Green Party.
The news comes after it was claimed a politician for the Sweden Democrats is being investigated by his own party after he brandished a gun at a meeting.
Newspaper Smålandsposten said the unnamed politician waved a gun around at an internal meeting in Tingsryd town hall in southern Sweden.
He tried to explain his behaviour claiming he practices pistol shooting.
He was reported to have a said: "There's nothing unusual about this.
"I practice pistol shooting and it’s a bit difficult to do that sport if you don’t have a gun".
The politician is reported to not have denied that he brandished a weapon at a meeting.
Shocking images depict violence in Sweden Mon, March 6, 2017
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Riots in Stockholm, Sweden – 20 Feb 2017
Last month the party's leaders Jimmie Akesson and Mattias Karlsson, wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal which supported US president Donald Trump’s characterisation of a Muslim immigrant-led crime crisis in Sweden.
They wrote: “Mr Trump did not exaggerate Sweden’s current problems.
“If anything, he understated them”.