Voter confidence in Iceland’s political parties is very low, although support for parties on either end of the spectrum is growing.
According to a poll conducted by the newspaper Fréttablaðið, only 55% of those contacted for a survey on party support even had a declared position. 15% said they were uncertain who they would vote for if elections were held today, 18% said they would either stay home or submit a blank ballot, and 11% refused to disclose what party they were voting for.
Among those who did support a political party, the conservatives came out ahead – 44% said they would vote for the Independence Party if elections were held today. This is up from 41.2% last February, when the previous poll was conducted.
Support for the Leftist-Greens also rose, from 15.7% to 17.7%, as did support for The Movement, which went from 3.6% to 4.1%.
For the Social Democrats and Progressives, however, support declined, albeit more for the latter than the former. The Social Dems saw their support take a dip from 26% to 24.8%, while support for the Progressives went from 11.7% in February to 9.4% today.
Voter dissatisfaction has arisen primarily from what many see as a lack of substantive change made to the economy, as well as a lack of viable alternatives from the opposition.