Social Democrats Polling Strongest - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Social Democrats Polling Strongest

Published April 15, 2009

The Social Democratic Party – led by the current Prime Minister – is
presently leading polls in the district of Reykjavík North almost a
week before elections.
In a poll conducted by Capacent, the party ranks now at 34.3%, up over 4 points from last week. The Leftist-Greens saw a slight dip in support, from 32.9% in the end of March to 29.1% today.
Hardest hit were the Conservatives, how poll now at 22%, yet were at 36% just before elections in May 2007. Recent news that the party accepted large financial campaign donations from Landsbanki and FL Group in 2006 has done much to tarnish support for the party.
The Progessives saw a small drop in support 6.5% at the end of March to 5.3% today, while support for the Citizen’s Movement has risen, from 5% to 8.3% in the same period. Meanwhile, the Liberals are polling at 1.1%.
According to these figures, the Social Dems would win four seats in parliament from the district; the Leftist-Greens, 3; and the Conservatives, 2. At the same time, the Progressives do not have enough support in the district to get their own chairman, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, a seat in parliament, while the Citizen’s Movement would get a seat.


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