– It is not a level that we want to be at, says the Center Party’s parliamentary deputy leader Geir Pollestad to TV 2.
He admits that it stings when the measurements are as bad as now.
The Center Party gets a support of only 4.6 per cent in Kantar’s September poll for TV 2. The governing party is thus the size of the Liberal Party, which stands at 4.5.
The party has not ranked lower in a TV 2 survey since December 2014.
And the fall has been enormous. Since the peak was reached with 22.1 percent in December 2020, four out of five voters have disappeared.
– It’s clear, it affects us. But at the same time, we have eight ministers and 28 representatives of the Storting who go to work every day to make an effort for the party and the voters on the platform on which we have gone to the polls. So we try not to be completely depressed by it, and then there is a good while until the general election, says Pollestad.
– We hope that we will be able to manage our way through this crisis in a good way.
Even for Ap
Government partner the Labor Party has been consistently around the twenties in the last polls.
Deputy leader Bjørnar Skjæran nevertheless has higher ambitions.
– There are numbers that show that we have a job to do. And we take that into the work we are now doing with the national budget. There, it becomes very, very important that we have safe financial management in a demanding time, he says.
Skjæran will not say why he thinks government partner the Center Party has fallen so sharply over time. But he hopes that the bottom has been reached.
– I do hope that the Center Party will stabilize and grow in the polls going forward. It is important for all those who have voted for the Center Party.
Right at the top
The right, on the other hand, seems to be in great form. With a support of 27.8 per cent in the Kantar survey, the party is clearly the largest.
– It’s nice to get good measurements, says party leader Erna Solberg to TV 2.
– I think we should probably admit that we didn’t expect to be here, when it’s only been less than a year since the election. But it probably has something to do with the fact that we perhaps provide a few more answers to the challenges that Norway is facing and not least that we work systematically with the things that will contribute to ensuring that people’s finances are secure in the future.
The survey also shows a bourgeois majority. It provides a good basis going forward, believes the Conservative Party leader.
– Then I also hope that KrF will eventually get over the blocking limit, she says.
Sp does better locally
On TV 2’s municipal barometer, the Center Party, on the other hand, gets a support of 9.2 per cent – twice the support in the Storting poll.
It is uplifting, says Pollestad.
– So we are optimistic before the upcoming local elections. This survey confirms that the push we get in the surveys nationally does not hit the party outside the country to the same extent, he says.
The figure is nevertheless a decrease of 5.2 percentage points from the municipal election in 2019.
Pollestad believes the electricity crisis is the explanation for the large difference between the local and national figures.
– There is no doubt that the electricity crisis affects us nationally, he says.
– While locally, you can see that our shop stewards have worked for three years now in their local community. We have many mayors. They have done a good job. And fortunately, there are more people who answer that they will give them renewed confidence, than there is for us nationally.
Will discuss government participation
Sp mayor in Lyngen, Dan Håvard Johnsen, believes for his part that the government’s participation costs too much.
– If the government collaboration is as costly for the Center Party as it looks now, we should make an assessment of it. I hope we do that before the national assembly next year, because in that case it will be too close to the election, says the SP mayor.
– If we do not get a breakthrough in district politics, we have nothing to do in government.
Mayor of Bardu, Toralf Heimdal (Sp), believes much of the problem is that voters have not received what they were promised during the election campaign.
– You have to see that a vote for Sp is worth something in terms of concrete policy. Now it seems that Ap has veto power in government, he says.
Heimdal points, among other things, to electricity exports and defense as areas where Sp has not been able to show action.
– There is no point in being in government if you cannot bring about political changes. Now there is relatively little of it.
Believe in turnaround
But not everyone sees the situation as darkly.
– We have been hit by several international crises and high energy prices. In this situation, it is a strength that SP is in the government. I have not weakened in my belief that we will be able to turn this around. Opinion polls go up and down, says Arnstein Menes (Sp), mayor of Sogndal.
– I am happy that we are in charge now. Because it would not have been better with someone else at the helm in these demanding times, agrees Anne Berit Lein (Sp), mayor of Steinkjer.