Since the last poll, conducted in November, Eggertsson’s popularity has grown considerably from 33% of voters to 49,9%.
“I’m basically speechless,” said Dagur B. Eggertsson of the results, “This is of course really gratifying.”
Eggertsson served briefly as Mayor of Reykjavík between 2007-2008.
RÚV further reported that the poll, conducted by the University of Iceland’s Social Science Research Institute, revealed the Independence Party’s Halldór Halldórsson in second place with 20% and Bright Future’s S. Björn Blöndal third with 10% of voters.
The election will be held this spring and the new mayoral term will begin on June 15th when much-loved mayor Jón Gnarr hands over the reigns.