OSLO (Reuters) - Norway’s opposition Labour Party lost support in three opinion polls on Thursday, leaving wide open the race against the ruling right-wing coalition in September’s election.
For much of the year, Labour and its center-left allies were ahead in the polls and favored to replace Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg, but support for the opposition has slipped as the economy gradually recovered.
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While surveys by broadcaster TV2 and tabloid VG pointed to a narrow victory for Labour leader Jonas Gahr Stoere, a poll in daily Aftenposten indicated Solberg would win.
The three polls gave Labour support between 27.3 and 27.9 percent, down from a 28.1-30.5 percent range earlier this month and from levels around 35 percent at the start of the year.
With two and a half weeks to go, even small changes in support for some of the nine parties on the left and right could be decisive.
Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Editing by Toby Chopra