Prime Minister’s Popularity Halved

A poll Ipsos MMI conducted for Dagbladet shows that the popularity of Norway’s prime minister has fallen from 65 percent in autumn 2013 to 34 percent.

After the parliamentary elections in autumn 2013, two of three believed that Erna Solberg was a good PM. Eighteen months later, only 34 percent believes that she is doing a good job. She had reached a low score last November when the government parties had conflict about the budget. Now she gets such a low support again. 

Professor Frank Årebrot from Bergen University thinks measurement primarily reflects people’s perception of how well the Solberg government is doing. In the last half year, politics in Norway was characterized by strife between government parties and supporting parties Venstre and Krf because of budget and other policy issues such as asylum policy. 

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