New survey among Norwegians registers highest EU support in twelve years

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In a new survey, 35.3% of Norwegians said they would vote in favor of Norwegian EU membership if there were a referendum tomorrow.

The survey was conducted by Sentio for the newspapers Nationen and Klassekampen.

The proportion of those in favor of EU membership has increased from 34.1% in the previous survey in November last year – and it has not been higher since April 2010. The proportion of those against EU membership has fallen from 54.2 to 48.8%, while the proportion of those who answered “I do not know” increased from 11.8 to 16%.

“It is very interesting that there is now a clear development in the direction of people going from saying ‘no’ to becoming insecure,” Liberal Party (V) deputy leader and EU supporter Sveinung Rotevatn told Nationen.

“More are also in favor. It is very gratifying from my point of view,” he added.

EEA agreement

Support for the EEA agreement has fallen by 0.2% to 64.9%.

The fact that many people favor the agreement complements the fact that there are improvements in Norwegian working life, Norwegian energy policy, and the transport sector, Marit Arnstad, the Center Party’s parliamentary leader, stated.

She believes it is important to look at room for maneuver in the EEA agreement, in addition to studying alternatives to how Norway can relate to the agreement.

A representative sample of 1,001 people participated in the survey between May 24 and 30.

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