From Iceland — Many Voters Still Undecided Weeks Before Elections

Many Voters Still Undecided Weeks Before Elections

Published October 7, 2016

Andie Sophia Fontaine
Photo by
Art Bicnick

Only 57% of those contacted for a new poll, conducted by The Social Science Research Institute for Morgunblaðið, had answers to give regarding which party they would vote for if parliamentary elections were held today.

RÚV reports that, according to the survey results, 26% said they would vote for the Independence Party. This was followed by the Pirates at 20%; the Left-Greens, at 17%; 12% for Viðreísn; 10% for the Progressives and 6% for the Social Democrats. Bright Future came in at 4%, not polling high enough to win a seat in parliament if these results reflected actual votes.

However, attention must be paid to the level of participation in this survey.

From September 23 to October 5, 750 people were contacted by phone, and another 1,000 were sent an online questionnaire. In total, only 977 responded, reflecting 57% of those contacted. As such, this may be an indication that many voters are still undecided about who they intend to vote for.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held on October 29.

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