The collective support of parliament’s three opposition parties is now greater than the support for the ruling coalition, although support for a new political party is historically high.
The poll, conducted by news aggregate site Eyjan, shows the opposition with the support of 36% of respondents. At the same time, the Social Democrat/Leftist-Green coalition only has the support of a quarter of the country.
When looked at individually, there are some surprising results.
Within the ruling coalition, the Social Democrats take the lion’s share of support (17.08%), with the Leftist-Greens getting less than half that (8.01%). The Leftist-Greens, having 12 seats to the Social Dem’s 20, are then showing a drop in support within the government.
In the opposition, the Independence Party remains unsurprisingly dominant, with 25.68% – the highest percentage of any individual party – while the Progressives, recently beginning to experience a mass exodus from the party, linger at 7.63% and the Movement has 3.19%.
Despite what appears to be a wide lead held by the opposition over the ruling coalition, only 31.76% believe they would do any better at leading the country, while 53.3% said they would not.
Most interestingly, though, was that 18.05% said they intended to vote for another party. This percentage, second only to the Independence Party, opens a wide swath of potential voters for a new political party, and possibly a new ruling coalition, in parliament.
16.21% said they would submit blank ballots, and only 3.96% said they did not intend to vote at all.
The overall picture shows great voter dissatisfaction, yet a strong desire for new players to get in the game. The low percentage of potential non-voters also shows that public action may have a big part to play in the next elections.
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