Most Icelanders Don't Trust Their Political Leaders - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Most Icelanders Don’t Trust Their Political Leaders

Published May 12, 2010

A new poll from MMR shows that none of the chairmen of Iceland’s five parliamentary parties, nor the president of Iceland, are trusted more than they are distrusted by the Icelandic people.
The only person approaching what could be called a success in the poll was Leftist-Green chairman Steingrímur J. Sigfússon – while 40.6% say they trust him little, 37.6% said they trust him a lot.
From there, though, it’s pretty much all downhill.
26.7% said they trusted Icelandic president Ólafur Ragnar Grímmsson a lot, but 46.9% said they only trusted him a little. This was followed by Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who enjoys a great deal of trust from 23.9% of respondents, but 53.9% said they didn’t trust her very much. This is actually a decrease from the previous survey in September 2009, when 36% said they trusted her a great deal.
Meanwhile, MP for The Movement Birgitta Jónsdóttir has seen her trust increase from only7.4% from the last poll to 16.1% today, while those who don’t trust her much have decreased from 63% to 55.4%.
Following close behind is Progressive Party chairman Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, with 15.7% trusting him a lot, but 57.7% not trusting him very much at all.
Finishing last was Independence Party chairman Bjarni Benediktsson. 13.8% said they trusted him much, while 67% said they didn’t trust him very much. Furthermore, only 55.6% of members of his own party say they trust him.

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