From Iceland — Pirates And Independence Party With Majority

Pirates And Independence Party With Majority

Published May 17, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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The Independence Party and the Pirates have virtually switched lead positions in a new poll from the University of Iceland.

According to the results of the poll, which asked respondents which party they would vote for if elections for parliament were being held today, the largest share went to the Independence Party, with 28.2%. The Pirate Party was the second largest, with 25.8%.

As Kjarninn points out, these results are almost a mirror image of polling numbers from earlier this year, when 35.3% said they supported the Pirates and 25.2% named the Independence Party.

Where other parties are concerned, the Left-Greens have seen a continuing rise in support since last April, and are now at 18.9%. At the same time, 8.9% said they supported the Social Democrats; 8.2% said the same of the Progressives; and 4.4% said they would vote for Bright Future if elections were held today.

Birgir Guð­munds­son, a professor of political science at the University of Akureyri, told reporters he believes the Left-Greens are siphoning off support from the Pirates, while the Panama Papers scandal has shaken Progressive Party voters. Voters for the Independence Party, he said, “are not as sensitive to that discussion”.

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