Opposition increase lead in latest poll
A poll for state broadcaster NRK and conducted by Norstat suggests that Erna Solberg’s opposition Conservative Party (H) are on course to win the general election on 9th September.
Support for the Conservative Party, currently the third largest in the parliament with 30 of 169 seats in the Norwegian parliament, is up to 31.1% a big increase from their 2009 result when they took 17.2% of the vote. The projection of the number of seats they are likely to win is around 55 seats.
The other main centre-right party, the Progress Party (FrP) is on 16.4%, a drop from their 2009 vote of 22.9% when they won 41 seats. They are currently projected to win 29 seats.
The main government party of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, the Labour Party (Ap) is on 28.9%, down from their 35.4% in 2009 which gave them 64 seats; this time they are projected to get 50 seats. Jens Stoltenberg was widely covered in the media earlier this week for posing as a taxi driver in Oslo to get the views of his passengers. The video footage is being turned into a film to be used as part of his election campaign. His coverage of the event can be found on his Facebook.
The two main coalition partners of the Labour Party, the Centre Party (Sp) and the Socialist Left Party (SV) are both close to the 4% threshold to enter parliament and may not even enter parliament on 9th September. Meanwhile the projected combined tally for the four opposition parties would give them around 111 seats in the 169 seat parliament.