From Iceland — Pirates Surpass 40%, Topping Ruling Coalition

Pirates Surpass 40%, Topping Ruling Coalition

Published January 28, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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The Pirate Party is currently polling at 42%, remaining the top party in the country for the past year now. Support for the party exceeds that of both parties in the ruling coalition combined.

These results come from a new poll conducted by Stöð 2 and Fréttablaðið, where the Pirates have polled at over 30% for the past 12 months.

At the same time, support for the Independence Party is now at 23.2%, which is a record low for the party for this poll. Their partners in the ruling coalition, the Progressive Party, are currently slightly above 10%. This puts support for the Pirates alone almost 10% greater than that of both parties in the coalition.

Where other parties are concerned, the Social Democrats and the Left-Greens are both polling at around 10%, but Bright Future has all but disappeared – only 1.6% of respondents said they would vote for the party if elections were held today.

“It is interesting that the ‘tower’ of Icelandic politics are repeatedly measuring at about half the support of the Pirates,” Pirate Party captain Birgitta Jónsdóttir told reporters. Journalists and political scientists alike have asked why people trust the Pirates, to which Birgitta responds, “Why that is, I don’t know. But you have to be humble.”

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