News
Vast Majority Of Icelanders Want Justice Minister To Resign

Vast Majority Of Icelanders Want Justice Minister To Resign

Photos by
Arno Mikkor, Aron Urb/Wikimedia Commons

Published February 23, 2018

72.5% of Icelanders in all say they believe Minister of Justice Sigríður Á. Andersen should resign from her post, and the demographics are even more telling.

Stundin reports that, according to the results of a new poll conducted earlier this month by Maskína, 72.5% of respondents believe Sigríður ought to resign. 27.5% believe she should remain on.

In terms of demographics, more women (77%) than men (68%) believed she should resign, and young people were slightly more likely than older people to support her resignation. However, whether in terms of sex, age, income level, education level, or location in Iceland, the majority of respondents all believe the Minister ought to resign.

The most striking contrast, rather, was found in terms of party affiliation. Voters for every parliamentary party – with the exceptions of the Independence Party (from which Sigríður hails) and the Centre Party – support Sigríður’s resignation. 100% of Social Democrats; 99% of Pirates; 92% of Left-Greens; 89% of Reform Party voters; 72% of People’s Party voters; and 67% of Progressives believe she should resign. 44% of Centre Party voters and 23% of Independence Party voters felt the same.

Sigríður’s tenure as Minister of Justice, both during the previous and the current government, has been fraught with controversy. She played an instrumental role in the scandal involving “restored honour” for a convicted paedophile, and broke the law when she appointed a judge to the Court of Appeal against the advisement of committees designed to assess qualifications for potential judges.

Further, as Minister of Justice, she presides over the Directorate of Immigration, which has made numerous deportation decisions that go against both Icelandic law and international agreements, resulting in widespread and concerted public criticism.

The poll was conducted from February 15 through February 20. Of those contacted, 88.7% responded, with a total of 858 responses in all.


News
Controversial Icelandic Independence Festival Spent 22 Million ISK On Lighting Alone

Controversial Icelandic Independence Festival Spent 22 Million ISK On Lighting Alone

by

The festival celebrating 100 years since the Union Treaty between Iceland and Denmark that was held in Þingvellir National Park

News
Poll: Social Dems Rise, Left-Greens Bouncing Back, Conservatives In Slow Decline

Poll: Social Dems Rise, Left-Greens Bouncing Back, Conservatives In Slow Decline

by

The Social Democrats are continuing their upward trajectory, according to the latest poll from Market and Media Research. The Left-Greens

News
Excited For Autumn In Iceland? Too Bad, Winter Is Coming

Excited For Autumn In Iceland? Too Bad, Winter Is Coming

by

You may have seen some of Grapevine’s posts on the beauty of autumn in Iceland. While the autumnal equinox will

News
Iceland’s Naming Laws May Soon Change For The Better

Iceland’s Naming Laws May Soon Change For The Better

by

Þorsteinn Víglundsson, an MP for the Reform Party, will soon submit a bill to Parliament that would drastically change Iceland’s

News
Bookings Decrease, Hotels Increasing In Reykjavik

Bookings Decrease, Hotels Increasing In Reykjavik

by

The number of hotels in Reykjavík is expected to increase significantly over the next two years. Meanwhile, the number of

News
Iceland Will Not Boycott Eurovision 2019

Iceland Will Not Boycott Eurovision 2019

by

Iceland will take part in Eurovision next year, scheduled to be held in Tel Aviv. Numerous musicians, bands, and associated

Show Me More!