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Labour Party's popularity hits 15-year high

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Labour Party's popularity hits 15-year high
Norway's Parliament. Poto: Torstein Bøe / NTB scanpix
14:10 CEST+02:00
Norway's Labour Party has recorded its strongest show of voter approval since 1999, a poll revealed on Thursday.

The party saw a gain of over 4.2 percent to show 39 percent of Norway's electorate are behind them. This is the best poll result for Labour since 1999.

The poll, conducted by Opinion for Avisenes Nyhetsbyrå (ANB - Newspapers’ News Agency),  saw the Labour Party accrue a margin over its nearest rivals. The party's majority was almost as big as the two other main government parties (Conservative Party and Progress Party) together.
 
The Conservative Party slid 1.6 percent to 25.9 percent, while their coalition partner, the Progress Party, got 13.8 percent, a decrease of 0.5 percent.
 
Labour Party chairman, Jonas Gahr Støre, said to ANB: “These are strong numbers giving great inspiration to everyone doing their best for the party.”
 
He sees the poll in light of the Budget for 2015 announced by the Norwegian government last week.
 
Støre says: “Cuts in child support for disabled people doesn't t go well with high tax reliefs to the rich. When the government establishes a social profile that the people doesn't want, the voters turn to the Labour Party.”
 
Of the other political parties in the parliament, only the Central Party saw a rise in popularity in the October poll, with 4.6 percent backing them.
 
The Socialist Left Party saw its share of the voter's drop to 2.7 percent. The support political parties of the government, Liberal Party and Christian Democrats got support of  4.5 and 4.4 percent respectively, while the Green Party got 3 percent.
 
The ANB poll was conducted between the 7th and the 13th of October.
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