City Politics: Conservatives Moving Up - The Reykjavik Grapevine

City Politics: Conservatives Moving Up

Published June 23, 2011

Recent results among Reykjavík’s voters show the conservatives gaining a lot of support, while the ruling coalition’s support drops.
According to a poll conducted by Capacent, almost every party showed a rise in support, with the Independence Party having the most. If city elections were held today, 45% said they would vote for the conservatives, as opposed to the 33.6% they got after elections just over a year ago.
At the same time, support for the Best Party has waned, from 34.7% in the spring of 2010, to just 17.1% today. Their partners in the ruling coalition, the Social Democrats, gained two points. If elections were held today, they would lose the majority.
It appears as though support has been trending in that direction for some time – support for the coalition had dropped in April as well, which was itself down from poll results in December 2010.
Among other parties, the Leftist-Greens gained a point and a half, and the Progressives also saw a slight rise in support, although not enough to get them a seat on city hall.


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