From Iceland — Ruling Coalition Struggling Against Pirate Party

Ruling Coalition Struggling Against Pirate Party

Published August 3, 2015

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Natsha Nandabhiwat

While the Pirate Party took a single-digit dip between polls, the ruling coalition is not gaining much ground.

RÚV reports that the results of this month’s Gallup poll on party support are in, and the Pirate Party remains the largest party in the country for the fourth month in a row. At their highest point since April, when they first topped the list, they polled at 34%. Today, they are at 32%.

This is only 4% lower than the ruling coalition of the Independence Party and the Progressives, with the former holding relatively steady from the last poll, at 24%, and the latter taking a slight increase, polling at 12%.

The Social Democrats saw a small rise in support, also to 12%, but other members of the opposition apart from the Pirates took single-point declines. The Left-Greens went from 10% to 9% between polls and Bright Future went from 6% to 5%.

Of the 7,000 people contacted for the Gallup poll, 57% responded. Of those, 9% said they would submit a blank ballot or skip voting altogether, and 12% had no position.

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