Government Support Dropping, Social Dems Outpace Progressives - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Government Support Dropping, Social Dems Outpace Progressives

Published October 22, 2013

Support for the ruling coalition of the Independence Party and Progressives has dipped to 44% and continues falling, according to the latest survey.
The survey, conducted by Market and Media Research, shows that support for the two parties totals only 44%, down from 47.4% at the end of September. Taken individually, the Independence Party is at 26.5% – up from 26.1% at the end of September – while the Progressives went from 17.5 to 15.4% during the same period.
At the same time, the Social Democrats have seen an upswing of support, from 12.5% to 17.3%, putting them well ahead of the Progressives.
Most other opposition parties saw decreases, albeit of varying levels. Support for the Left-Greens went from 14.7% to 12.6%; Bright Future went from 12.6% to 12.2%; and the Pirate Party went from 6.7% to 7.4%.
Shortly after being voted into power, the Independence Party-Progressive coalition enjoyed its highest level of support – 59.9% – and have been gradually declining in support ever since. However, it should be noted that its current 44% ranking is still higher than any level of support the previous Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition had from late January 2010 onwards.

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