Trust in the Norwegian parliament weakened after commuter housing controversy, survey shows

Norwegian parliamentPhoto: Ørn E. Borgen / NTB
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People’s trust in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) has fallen from 78% in June to 69% in late December. Experts believe that the reputation damage related to the commuter housing controversy could be lasting.

A recent survey conducted by Norstat for Vårt Land shows that voters’ confidence in the Storting is now down to 69%. Election researcher Johannes Bergh at the Department of Social Research believes the decline is connected to the commuter housing controversy.

“It is natural to see such a decline based on the scandals related to commuter housing and the attention that these cases have received. It has obviously not been positive for the Storting’s reputation,” he said.

The Storting has started its own operation of cleaning up after the commuter housing incident, but reputation researcher Peggy Scimic Brønn believes it could be demanding for the parliament to regain the trust.

“Trust is incredibly difficult to restore once it is broken,” she said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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