Friday, June 03, 2005

Socialist alliance still eyes majority in Norway polls

A new political poll shows continuing chances for a new majority coalition of the Labor, Socialist Left (SV) and Center parties at the next national elections, while current government partners have little to cheer about. The new survey by Norsk Respons for newspaper Bergens Tidende shows Labor retreating 1.5 percent points to 29 percent while likely coalition partner SV compensated by surging forward 3.1 percent points to 17.6 percent. The likely "red-green" alliance of these two parties and the agrarian Center Party would edge over the 50 percent mark with the Center Party's 4.1 percent support, down slightly from the previous Norsk Respons poll. The current center-right coalition had to be content with a negligible rise by the Conservatives, up 0.4 to 16.5 percent. Their partners continued to record crisis levels, the Christian Democrats down 0.8 to 7.5 percent and the Liberals in danger of losing of vanishing from the political map with just 2.3 percent support. The populist Progress Party gained 2.4 percent points to 20.9 percent and remain the second largest party and the largest on the right-wing, despite a lack of political allies.


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