According to the results of a survey conducted by Market And Media Research, trust in the prime minister has dropped significantly, while the president has enjoyed growing confidence.
Vísir reports that only 16.9% said they trusted Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. This is down from 23.9% last May, and 63.6% in December 2008.
Trust in Minister of Finance Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, while still greater than the prime minister at 22.3%, is still also down from last May, when 37.6% said they trusted him.
At the same time, President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson has seen his trust change by a similar degree, only in the other direction. Last May, 26.7% said they trusted him – today, 41.7% said the same. He is, in fact, the most trusted political leader in the country.
Market And Media Research regularly conducts surveys on public perception of the nation’s leaders. In the past three years, public sympathy has shifted decided from the left to the right, as dissatisfaction with the government’s response to the economic crisis continues to grow.