From Iceland — Government Support Dropping, Social Dems Outpace Progressives

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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