Under a third believe Støre will take over a possible change of government

Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre.Photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB scanpix

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31 per cent of the population believe that Jonas Gahr Støre (Ap/Labour Party) will take over if the current government resigns or falls, according to a recent survey.

The survey was carried out by Norstat on behalf of ABC News.

1,012 people were asked about who they think would take over as prime minister in the event of a change of government. Just behind Støre lies Sp (Centre Party) leader Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, with 18 per cent. Only 2 per cent believe that SV (Socialist Left Party) leader Audun Lysbakken would become prime minister.

49 per cent say that they do not know or believe that there will be another person than these three.

That so few people believe that it would be Støre who takes over as prime minister is an expression of a party in trouble, according to election experts.

“It says a lot about the Labour Party’s problems. One would probably think that when the conservative government is struggling as much as it is now, the Labour Party should act as a clear candidate,” says election expert and political scientist Svein Tore Marthinsen.

The survey also asked if the Solberg government will survive 2020. Only half believe it is Erna Solberg’s government that will govern the country in one year.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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