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Progress Party falls from favour

The populistic Progress Party's brief period atop the public opinion polls has come to an end, with the Labour Party surging to regain its accustomed leadership position.

According to the on-line newspaper Nettavisen's November survey, 31.9 percent of Norwegian voters now back the Labour Party, an increase over last month of 6.3 percent. The Progress Party came in second place, with 23.6 percent, which represents a decline of 7.1 percent. Through much of the autumn, Progress Party leader Carl I. Hagen had ridden a wave of support that flowed from his calls for lower taxes and increased spending of state oil proceeds. Nettavisen's party barometer for November showed the Conservative Party in third place followed by the Christian Democratic Party, the Socialist Left Party, the Center Party and the Liberal Party.