EU support falls to new low

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Fully 72 percent of Norwegian voters are opposed to joining the European Union (EU), according to a new public opinion poll. Only 12 percent are in favour, indicating record low support that EU advocates claim is clearly a result of the European debt crisis.

The poll, conducted by research firm Synovate, is the worst in a very long time for those who long have wanted Norway to join the EU. It was cause for jubilation among those opposed to EU membership.

“This is a monster poll,” Henning Olaussen, leader of the “No to the EU” movement, told newspaper Dagbladet. “For the ‘yes’ folks, this would be like trying to climb up a monstrous hill in the Tour de Ski without ski poles.”

Even among those who normally vote for the Conservative Party, which long has supported EU membership, fully 65 percent now say they’re opposed to joining the EU.

Norwegians have voted twice against EU membership, first in 1972 and again in 1994. Since then, politicians have refrained against bringing up the issue of EU membership.

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