From Iceland — New Party Makes Surprising Upset In New Poll

New Party Makes Surprising Upset In New Poll

Published June 24, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Art Bicnick

A new poll shows that a months-old party now has more support than older, more established parties in parliament.

According to the poll, conducted by the University of Iceland at the behest of Morgunblaðið, the Pirate Party is still the largest party in the country, with 28% of respondents saying they would vote for them if parliamentary elections were held today.

Where the ruling coalition is concerned, the Progressives are at 9.5% – down by about 1.5% from the last poll, published June 14 – while the Independence Party is at 19.7%.

In the opposition apart from the Pirates, the Left-Greens went up by 1.6% between polls, and are now at 17.5%. At the same time, the Social Democrats are now at 9%, and Bright Future is at 4.5%

However, the most surprising result of all is that Viðreisn – a party formed only months ago, and who are without any seat in parliament – are at 9.7%. This puts effectively makes them the fourth largest party in the country.

No exact date has yet been set for new elections, but members of the ruling coalition have repeatedly promised that they will be held this autumn.

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