Center Party survived scandal

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Voters didn’t seem to mind that someone in a group of 10 powerful men with strong links to the farmer-friendly Center Party (Senterpartiet, Sp) sent an obscene and sexually harassing message to the party’s former leader, Liv Signe Navarsete. New polls show the party can still claim more than 10 percent of the vote.

None of the men face any punishment after the scandal created rocked the party for several weeks beginning last month, and voters haven’t punished the party either. It claimed 10.3 percent of the vote in the latest poll conducted for TV2 and fully 11 percent in a poll conducted for Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). That’s good news for a party that now needs to fight in Parliament for its farming constituency that’s demanding another NOK 1.8 billion in state subsidy and tariff protection.

The polls differed in other areas, with TV2’s poll showing the ruling Conservatives with 28.1 percent of the vote, and remaining as Norway’s largest party for eight months in a row, still bigger than arch-rival Labour at just 23.8 percent. NRK’s poll, meanwhile, showed the Conservatives with just 25.5 percent of the vote and Labour with 26 percent and thus the bigger for the first time after months of crisis.

NRK’s “party barometer” also still showed both the Liberals and Christian Democrats, which can command the swing vote in Parliament, below the 4 percent level needed for full representation in the national assembly. TV2’s poll showed them both ever, at 4.1 and 4.7 percent respectively.

The Progress Party, which shares government power with the Conservatives and Liberals, scored 14.7 percent of the vote in TV2’s poll and 15.9 percent in NRK’s.

newsinenglish.no staff