Saturday, June 11, 2005

Progress Party back in second

A new poll shows the populist Progress Party surging past the Conservatives to once again carve out a position as Norway's second most popular political party. The Progress Party (Fr.P) was the only one of the top parties to record significant gains in the Opinion poll carried out for Aftenposten and NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting). Despite a decline, the so-called red-green alliance of the Labor, Socialist Left and Center parties would still have a slender majority coalition if these results were to take place at September's national elections. The Progress Party rose from 18.4 to 20.3 percent, passing the Conservatives who fell hard from 19 to 15.9 percent, their lowest level this year. The survey revealed that the swing was greatly due to many Conservative voters switching allegiance to the Progress Party and that the Fr.P is now more popular than the Conservatives with all age groups, and both sexes. The Conservatives only have the edge against their right-wing rivals in the segment of highly educated voters. The leaders of the potential left-center coalition, the Labor Party, fell 1.6 percent points to 28.6 percent but remain clearly the largest party in Norway.

2 Comments:

At June 12, 2005 12:35 PM, Blogger Rune said...

Congratulations on the small progress. If it’s anything like Denmark and Danish People Party, the Progress Party will score higher on election day than in polls – since many people are reluctant, due to the extreme vilification from the yappering classes given ample space in the MSM, to public reveal their real inclinations – but will do so in the secrecy of the voting booth.

When is the election? It's going to be a nail biter. You can’t let the damn socialists gain power again, and end up like Sweden!

 
At June 12, 2005 2:28 PM, Blogger Fjordman said...

The election is in September. The Norwegian Progress Party is larger than, but also unfortunately softer than, the Danish People's Party in Denmark. I will consider voting for them, as there are few other serious alternatives out there, but I'm not happy with the lack of pressure they have put on or weak government.

By the way: In certain opinion polls a few years ago the PP got over 30 % support, but significantly less in the actual election. This time, they seem to be pretty stable at above 20 %. This won't help much if we get an overall Socialist majority in Parliament, though.

 

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