From Iceland — Two-Party Government Appears Likely

Two-Party Government Appears Likely

Published April 2, 2009

Support for the minority government continues to poll high, mere weeks before the general election.
With barely three weeks to go until elections on 25 April, the Social Democrats and the Leftist-Greens – the two parties which currently comprise the minority goverment with the support of the Progressive Party – continue to poll with the strongest support, according to a survey conducted by Capacent.
The Social Dems lead the pack with 29.4%, followed by the Leftist-Greens with 27.7%. The Conservatives, who led the previous government and just had their national convention, stay close behind at 25.4%.
Meanwhile, the Progessive Party trails at 10.7% while two relatively recent newcomers – the Democratic Movement and the Citizen’s Movement – poll at 1.5% and 3% respectively, with the latter now polling strong enough to win a seat in parliament despite having only been formed earlier this year. By comparison, the Liberal Party, which has been in existence for a little over a decade, now polls at 1.4%.
The results show little change for party support since the previous poll was conducted last week. The poll in its entirety can be read in .pdf format here (Icelandic).

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