More than 1 in 3 Norwegians want Solberg as prime minister

Prime Minister Erna SolbergPrime Minister Erna Solberg.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

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Only once before has Erna Solberg had greater support. A full 36 percent of Norway’s population wants her as prime minister, according to a new survey.

This is an increase from 21 percent in February.

The government’s handling of the Coronavirus crisis is stated as the main explanation for the strong figures in Dagbladet’s party barometer.

Only once before, in February 2018, has Solberg achieved a better result. Then 40 percent responded that she was best suited as prime minister. She has been ahead of Labor leader Jonas Gahr Støre on the survey since May 2017.

Also, six out of ten respond that they believe Solberg is doing a good job as prime minister today.

The respondents answered independently of their own party choice, but Solberg’s Right (Høyre) also increased the survey. In January and February, the Right had under 20 percent support. Now they are at 25.4 percentage points, beaten only by the Labor Party (Arbeiderpartiet) with 25.5 percentage points.

Percentage of the parties in percentage (change from April in brackets): Ap 25.5 (+1.0), Rødt 25.4 (+0.1), Sp 13.0 (-1.2), Frp 10.0 (+0.3), SV 7.6 (-0.9), MDG 6.2 (+2.0), Red 3.8 (-1.1), Venstre 3.6 (+0.5) , KrF 2.6 (-1.5) Other lots 2.3 (+0.8).

905 voters were asked in the poll conducted by Ipsos in the period 25-28. May. The margin of error is calculated between 1.5 and 3.3 percentage points.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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