Rival Coalitions Virtually Even in Norway

The governing Labour Party (DNA) is still the most popular in Norway but may face a challenge in trying to maintain its current coalition, according to a poll by TNS Gallup released by TV2. 31.9 per cent of respondents would vote for Labour in this month’s election, down 2.8 points since July.

The rightist Progress Party (FrP) is second with 23.8 per cent, followed by the Conservatives (H) with 14 per cent, the Socialist Left (SV) with 7.1 per cent, the Christian People (KrF) with seven per cent, the Liberal Left (V) with six per cent, and the Agrarians (Sp) also with six per cent.

In this survey, the level of support for the governing parties stands at 45 per cent, while the three rightist opposition forces—Progress, the Conservatives and the Christian People—reach 44.8 per cent.

In September 2005, Norwegian voters renewed the Stortinget (the Norwegian Parliament). Final results gave the Red-Green alliance—encompassing Labour, the Socialist Left and the Agrarians—87 seats in the 169-member legislative branch. Labour leader Jens Stoltenberg—who held the highest office from March 2000 to October 2001—took over as prime minister for the second time.

On Aug. 19, Norwegian daily Aftenposten published a letter from Norwegian ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Mona Juul, who accused UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon of “weak, ineffective and at times counterproductive leadership.”

On Aug. 24, Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Stoere declared: “I regret that [the leak] happened, but let me stress that this is a report to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, it was not a statement by the Norwegian government. (…) This is not the time to waste resources on commenting on job performance, this is a time of renewing our support to the UN and thereby the support to the current secretary-general, whom I have experienced as very hard-working and dedicated.”

Norway’s legislative election will take place on Sept. 14.

Polling Data

What party would you support in the next federal election?

Aug. 30 Jul. 1 Jun. 4
Labour Party (DNA) 31.9% 34.7% 34.7%
Progress Party (FrP) 23.8% 25.3% 26.0%
Conservatives (H) 14.0% 12.9% 14.6%
Socialist Left (SV) 7.1% 8.7% 8.4%
Christian People (KrF) 7.0% 6.7% 3.8%
Liberal Left (V) 6.0% 4.6% 4.7%
Agrarians (Sp) 6.0% 4.1% 5.8%

Source: TNS Gallup / TV2
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,265 Norwegian voters, conducted from Aug. 25 to Aug. 30, 2009. Margin of error is 3 per cent.



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