2001 Norwegian parliamentary election

Parliamentary elections were held in Norway on 9 and 10 September 2001.[1] The governing Labour Party lost seats and their vote share was the worst they had ever obtained in a post-war election. Although they still won a plurality of votes and seats, they were unable to form a government. Instead, a centre-right coalition of the Conservative Party, the Christian People's Party and Liberal Party was formed, led by Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik of the Christian Democratic Party, with confidence and supply support from the Progress Party.

2001 Norwegian Parliamentary election

← 1997 9–10 September 2001 2005 →

All 165 seats to the Norwegian Parliament
83 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Thorbjørn Jagland (30366602783) (cropped).jpg J Petersen.jpg CI Hagen2326alt 2E jpg DF0000062793.jpg
Leader Thorbjørn Jagland Jan Petersen Carl I. Hagen
Party Labour Conservative Progress
Last election 65 seats, 35.0% 23 seats, 14.3% 25 seats, 15.3%
Seats won 43 38 26
Seat change Decrease22 Increase15 Increase1
Popular vote 612,632 534,852 369,236
Percentage 24.3% 21.2% 14.6%
Swing Decrease 10.7 pp Increase 6.9 pp Decrease 0.7 pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Norges finansminister Kristin Halvorsen vid Nordiska Radets session i Helsingfors 2008-10-28 (1).jpg Haugland.PNG Aslaug Haga.png
Leader Kristin Halvorsen Valgerd Svarstad Haugland Åslaug Haga
Party Socialist Left Christian Democratic Centre
Last election 9 seats, 6.0% 25 seats, 13.7% 11 seats, 7.9%
Seats won 23 22 10
Seat change Increase14 Decrease3 Decrease1
Popular vote 316,397 312,839 140,287
Percentage 12.5% 12.4% 5.6%
Swing Increase 6.5 pp Decrease 1.3 pp Decrease 2.3 pp

  Seventh party Eighth party
  Lars Sponheim 1.jpg
Leader Lars Sponheim Steinar Bastesen
Party Liberal Coastal
Last election 6 seats, 4.5%
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Decrease4 new
Popular vote 98,486 44,010
Percentage 3.9% 1.7%
Swing Decrease 0.6 pp new

Prime Minister before election

Jens Stoltenberg
Labour

Prime Minister after election

Kjell Magne Bondevik
Christian Democratic

Opinion pollsEdit

Polls are indicated by share of votes in percentage, or by seats indicated by brackets. The Progress Party saw the most surprising changes in support, having achieved as high as 34.7% in September 2000, and in 2001 almost closing down to 10% at the lowest. The Labour Party and Conservative Party also varied greatly in support in the years before the election.

Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
RV SV Ap Sp V KrF H FrP Others Lead
2001 election 9–10 September 2001 1.2 12.5 24.3 5.6 3.9 12.4 21.2 14.6 4.3 3.1
Norsk Gallup September 2001 15.0 25.5 4.5 2.5 11.0 25.5 11.5 Tie
AC Nielsen Norge September 2001 1.2 12.2 24.9 5.0 3.4 14.8 21.7 13.5 3.3 3.2
MMI September 2001 1.1 12.0 26.2 4.7 3.8 11.7 22.9 14.0 3.5 3.3
Norsk Gallup 27 Aug-2 Sep 2000 993 14.0 26.5 6.0 2.5 11.0 23.5 12.0 3.0
MMI 18 Aug 2001 0.9 8.9 26.4 5.0 2.9 13.2 26.6 14.2 1.8 0.2
MMI June 2001 1.0 7.7 24.0 6.2 1.9 12.7 30.9 14.0 1.7 6.9
Norsk Gallup April 2001 10.0 31.0 5.0 4.0 13.5 20.5 11.0 3.5 10.5
Din Mening/Norsk Statistikk March 2001 1.5 9.7 30.4 7.6 3.8 14.4 18.4 13.7 12.0
Norsk Gallup March 2001 10.0 29.0 5.5 3.5 9.0 22.0 17.5 1.5 7.0
Din Mening/Norsk Statistikk February 2001 1.3 7.1 30.6 7.1 3.4 13.0 17.8 18.5 12.1
Norsk Gallup 12 May 2000 7.5 27.5 5.5 2.5 13.0 17.5 23.5 4.0
Norsk Gallup Nov 2000 10.0 24.5 5.0 3.5 11.5 17.0 27.0 2.5
Opinion 13 Oct 2000 22.7 4.4 2.7 12.8 16.0 29.8 7.1
AC Nielsen 29 Sep 2000 8.0 25.5 4.9 3.3 10.8 10.6 34.7 9.2
Norsk Gallup 5 Sep 2000 2.0 9.0 24.0 6.0 3.0 12.0 17.5 28.0 4.0
Nationen Aug 2000 7.8 22.1 6.6 3.5 16.4 14.9 24.8 2.7
Opinion 25 Aug 2000 9.9 27.2 4.5 11.8 15.4 22.5 4.7
Norsk Gallup August 2000 2.5 8.5 29.0 6.5 2.5 11.0 19.0 22.5 6.5
Nationen July 2000 8.3 29.2 6.9 2.3 13.5 14.4 23.2 6.0
MMI 5-8 Jun 2000 902 0.8 6.7 32.8 5.8 2.9 12.8 17.9 19.4 1.0 13.4
MMI May 2000 1.7 7.7 38.8 4.9 3.5 13.0 12.3 16.7 1.5 22.1
1997 election 15 Sep 1997 1.7 6.0 35.0 7.9 4.5 13.7 14.3 15.3 1.6 2.4

ResultsEdit

 
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Labour Party 612,632 24.3 43 –22
Conservative Party 534,852 21.2 38 +15
Progress Party 369,236 14.6 26 +1
Socialist Left Party 316,397 12.5 23 +14
Christian People's Party 312,839 12.4 22 –3
Centre Party 140,287 5.6 10 –1
Liberal Party 98,486 3.9 2 –4
Coastal Party 44,010 1.7 1 New
Red Electoral Alliance 30,015 1.2 0 0
The Political Party 19,457 0.8 0 New
Pensioners' Party 17,940 0.7 0 0
Christian Unity Party 6,742 0.3 0 New
Environment Party The Greens 3,785 0.2 0 0
Fatherland Party 2,353 0.1 0 0
Communist Party 1,726 0.1 0 0
Norwegian People's Party 1,609 0.1 0 New
Non-Partisan Coastal and Rural District Party 1,052 0.0 0 0
Social Democrats 351 0.0 0 New
Natural Law Party 269 0.0 0 0
Liberal People's Party 166 0.0 0 0
Other parties and county lists 7,616 0.3 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 13,956
Total 2,535,776 100 165 0
Registered voters/turnout 3,359,433 75.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, European Elections Database

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1438 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7

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