Labour drops like a stone from the last elections

Labour Party leader Jonas gahr Støre electionOslo 20151218. Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre and Party Secretary Kjersti Stenseng summarizes the political season.Foto: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

Labour drops like a stone from the last municipal elections

The Labour Party (Ap) achieves its poorest result ever on Norwegian TV2’s latest municipal election poll. It is down by ten percentage points since the last municipal elections. The Centre Party (Sp), in turn, achieves its highest.

Labour is likely to drop by ten percentage points, compared with the result of the previous municipal elections. Such a dramatic decline has never been experienced before in connection with a Norwegian municipal election, according to TV2.

“It is a dismal poll. We have the ambition to score higher come election day. Our focus is now to highlight the local issues, as well as promoting our mayors and candidates,” Party Secretary of Labour, Kjersti Stenseng, comments.

The party receives the support of 23.0 per cent of voters in the August poll. This is a decline of 2.6 percentage points from the previous month. Such a result will lead to the Labour Party’s worst municipal election ever.


The Progress Party struggles too

The Progress Party (Frp) has also not polled lower than this time, according to TV2’s municipal polls. The party receives the support of 6.3 per cent of the voters, a decline of 1.3 percentage points from July.

The Centre Party (Sp) gains the most in the poll. It looks to be twice as big, compared with the result in the previous municipal elections. It attracted 8.5 per cent last time around. The party now has the support from 16.0 per cent of eligible voters, an increase of 2.3 percentage points since July.

The Conservatives (Høyre) is the only government party to increase according to this poll. They are up 1.1 percentage points, landing at 20.6 per cent.

The current support of the other parties is as follows: Socialists (SV): 7.3 (+1.5), Green Party (MDG): 7.0 (+0.8), Red: 5.1 (0), Christian Democrats (KrF): 3.4 (-0.3), Liberals (Venstre): 2.9 (-0.9), No to Road Tolls (FNB): 3.4 (-0.1), Others: 5.1 (-0.3).


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