From Iceland — Debt Relief Does Little To Help Government

Debt Relief Does Little To Help Government

Published December 23, 2013

The recent unveiling of the much-anticipated household debt relief package appears to have had little effect on levels of government support, a new Capacent Gallup poll shows.
According to the results, support for the ruling coalition of the Progressives and the Independence Party is now at 48%. Taken separately, the Progressives – who led the household debt relief campaign that Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson unveiled earlier this month – did see a rise in support since then: from 14.7% last month to 16.4% today. At the same time, the Independence Party dipped from 26.8% to 25.3%.
The Social Democrats are the largest party in the opposition, although their support went from 16.6% to 15.1%. Their partners in the previous government, the Left-Greens, stayed at a relatively even keel, going from 13.5% to 13.3%.
Bright Future showed results similar to the Left-Greens; going from 13.5% to 13.1%. Meanwhile, the Pirate Party saw a rise in support, from 8.5% to 10.7% today.
4,400 people were contacted for the poll, of whom, 61% responded. Of them, 80% had a preferred party, 12% refused to answer or had no preference, and 8% said they intended to either submit a blank ballot or not vote at all.

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