From Iceland — Pirates Back On Top, Pres Frontrunner Lead Declines

Pirates Back On Top, Pres Frontrunner Lead Declines

Published June 14, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Art Bicnick

Two new polls show shifts in power both within the halls of parliament and in the presidential race.

According to a new poll conducted by the University of Iceland for Morgunblaðið, the Pirate Party is again the largest party in the country, going from second position to first when their support rose by 1.6% to 29.9% from the last poll, taken in May. The Independence Party, by contrast, dropped by 5.5%, and are now at 22.7%.

The Left-Greens remain the third largest party, at 15.9%; the Progressives went from 11.8% to 11.1%; the Social Democrats saw a small blip upwards of support, standing now at 7.6%; and newcomers Viðreisn, whose campaign only began last spring, are up from 7.9% to 9.1%.

Where the presidential race is concurred, another poll, conducted by Fréttablaðið/Stöð 2/Vísir, shows historian Guðni Th. Jóhannesson still has the lead, at 56%, but this is down by about five points from the previous poll, conducted just last week.

At the same time, support for Morgunblaðið co-editor Davíð Oddsson dipped from 17.7% to 16.1%. However, both author Andri Snær Magnason and financier Halla Tómasdóttir have seen a rise in support, going from 10.9% to 13.1% and 7.3% to 9.6%, respectively.

While it is still uncertain when the promised autumn elections will be held, the presidential elections will take place on June 25.

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