From Iceland — Power Shifts In Parliamentary Support

Power Shifts In Parliamentary Support

Published April 14, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Art Bicnick

The Independence Party and the Left-Greens have seen a significant upswing in support in the past week.

RÚV reports on the latest results of a Gallup poll on levels of parliamentary support, taken from April 7 to April 12. 56.1% of those contacted took part in the poll, and of those, 82.9% named a party they would vote for if elections were held today.

According to the results, over the past week support for the Independence Party rose from about 22% to about 27%. At the same time, support for the leaders of the ruling coalition, the Progressive Party, went from about 11% to about 7%, and has not been lower than this since February 2008.

The Pirate Party came out on top again, at 29.3%, although this is about three points lower than where they were last week. Support for the Left-Greens rose by about three points in the past week, to about 20%, and their level of support has not been this high since September 2010.

Where other parties are concerned, support for the Social Democrats is at 9%; support for Bright Future is at about 5%; and support for Viðreisn is at 3%. These figures are not very different from where they were in the last poll.

Overall, 34% said they support the ruling coalition. While this is up by about four points from the last poll, which was taken before the “new” ruling coalition was formed, this difference is not considered statistically significant.

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