Trust In Political Parties Dismally Low - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Trust In Political Parties Dismally Low

Published April 8, 2011

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.

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