Most Icelanders Don't Believe Democracy Works in Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Most Icelanders Don’t Believe Democracy Works in Iceland

Published April 21, 2009

The results of a new survey show the vast majority of Icelanders don’t believe democracy works the way it should in Iceland.
Among the other questions asked by the survey – which related to party support overall – three questions took the interest of the Grapevine:
1. Are you very pleased, rather pleased, not very pleased or not at all pleased with how democracy works in Iceland?
2. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Democracy isn’t flawless, but it’s still the best form of government we have.
3. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Iceland is, for the most part, governed in harmony with the will of the people.
64.2% of respondants disagreed that Iceland is governed in harmony with the will of the people, while 74.9% of respondants were either not very pleased or not at all pleased with how democracy works in Iceland. However, researchers pointed out that Icelanders haven’t yet given up hope for democracy – 92.6% said that democracy, for all its faults, is still the best form of government that there is.
The Research Center of Bífröst University conducted the survey between 14 and 19 April, reaching a total of 1,100 people, of whom 56.6% responded.

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