Decidedly Low Support For New Prime Minister - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Decidedly Low Support For New Prime Minister

Published April 15, 2016

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Art Bicnick

The results of a new poll from Gallup asked respondents who they would like to see be Prime Minister of Iceland, if the choice were granted today. RÚV reports that the results show a very different government from the one Iceland currently has.

According to the results, the largest share of respondents – 37% – said they would want Left-Green chairperson Katrín Jakobsdóttir to be Prime Minister if they could choose now. At the same time, only 5% said the same about the actual Prime Minister, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson.

Where other choices were concerned, 20% said they want Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson to be Prime Minister; 6% said the same of Pirate Party MP Helga Hrafn Gunnarsson; and 3% named former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson.

These results come in the wake of another recent Gallup poll, which showed that the Left-Greens and the Independence Party have been gaining in support, while the ruling coalition is at a statistical stand-still.


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