From Iceland — Reykjavík Mayor Explains Drop In Support

Reykjavík Mayor Explains Drop In Support

Published June 24, 2011

Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr is proud of the work the Best Party has done and is doing, saying that the party’s drop in support is normal considering the circumstances.
As Grapevine reported, a new Capacent poll has shown that support for the Best Party has gone from 34.7% in the spring of 2010 to 17.1% today. At the same time, every other party has seen a rise in support, most notably among conservatives, who have gone from 33.6% to 45% in the same span of time.
Speaking on the radio programme Reykjavík síðdegis on the station Bylgjan, Gnarr says he was not surprised by the results of the poll.
“It’s something we expected,” he said. “It is the nature of the circumstances that we’re in and how we’ve chosen to address problems. This could naturally change if we do something incredibly great.”
The mayor says he is happy with the work the party has been doing so far. “We have taken on some difficult things that have at times made people uncomfortable. That’s the reality and we are trying to do the best we can. I would give us a chance.”
When asked how he explains that their partners in the ruling coalition, the Social Democrats, have at the same time seen a slight rise in support, the mayor responded, “These are naturally professionals. We are just amateurs. They know how to play the game better. We are fledgling and do things a bit through intuition and our best judgement.”
The mayor added, “Maybe people are developing more trust in political parties. This is just really great. We don’t consider ourselves a political party.”

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