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Labour targets floating voters. Norway’s Labour Party (Ap) has focused on keeping their core voters in the last two elections but plans to try and secure votes from floating voters this time. The number of voters that are undecided over whether to support Labour or the Conservatives (H) has risen to nearly 300,000 people. Labour Party Secretary Raymond Johansen told Leftist newspaper Klassekampen that there is little difference between floating voters and core ones.

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Labour targets floating voters

Published on Monday, 21st January, 2013 at 14:28 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

Norway’s Labour Party (Ap) has focused on keeping their core voters in the last two elections but plans to try and secure votes from floating voters this time.

Norwegian ballot box
Norwegian ballot box
Photo: Lars Røed Hansen/Wikimedia Commons


The number of voters that are undecided over whether to support Labour or the Conservatives (H) has risen to nearly 300,000 people.

Labour Party Secretary Raymond Johansen told Leftist newspaper Klassekampen that there is little difference between floating voters and core ones.

“These groups have largely the same values. Floating voters are concerned that Norway should continue to be a shared effort, that school and health services remain in the public sector”, he said last week.

At the same time, research shows that immigrants from non-European countries, and those who have lived in Norway for a long time, are equally as confident in Norwegian politicians and their respective Party as so-called ethnic Norwegians.

The research, involving 900 immigrants, seems to be an improvement on the low immigrant voter participation before 2011’s local elections, even though Labour’s 2013 general election Party lists are strikingly white.

Moreover, other reports suggest a Right-Wing victory this September could be a triumph for multiculturalism.

Audun Beyer, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oslo’s Department of Media and Communications, said this confidence “helps to kill the myth that immigrants have low confidence in the Norwegian welfare state.”

“We also have a hypothesis that immigrants who have lived in a country where confidence in the government is low, don’t necessarily bring along this mentality with them to Norway. But I will admit that we probably spoke to the best-integrated immigrants in the inquiry.”



Published on Monday, 21st January, 2013 at 14:28 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith and Michael Sandelson      .

This post has the following tags: norwayimmigration, norwayvoting.





  
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