As the Conservative and Progress parties defend their state budget proposal for next year, they can gain encouragement from the latest public opinion polls that show them with majority support from voters.
The Conservatives gained again in the poll conducted by research firm Opinion for newspaper group ANB. It showed the Conservatives (Høyre) with 26.7 percent of the vote, well above the 25 percent they actually won in the last election. The poll also shows that they’re now bigger than Labour, which claimed 25.8 percent of the vote, down from the 27.4 percent won on September 11.
Gains by the non-socialist Christian Democrats and Liberal parties also helped offset a slight dip by the Progress Party to give the conservative bloc a majority over the left-center bloc in Parliament.
Presentation of the state budget on Thursday, and the debate that’s set to come despite a surprisingly positive reception, may hurt the Conservatives later this fall, predicted election researcher Johannes Bergh. “The budget process is difficult, and has been especially the last four years,” Bergh told ANB. “All the parties come out poorly because they have to compromise in public. There’s no reason to believe this year’s budget process will be any easier.”