The results of a new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR) will likely come as a surprise to exactly no one.
The poll focused on where Iceland is doing well, and in what areas there is cause for concern. Generally speaking, most Icelanders (57.9%) believe the country is headed in the right direction, up from 45.7% in 2017.
In the second part of the poll, things start to get interesting. Respondents were asked to name three things they were most worried about in Icelandic society. The top three categories chosen were health care, corruption, and housing, while the three categories Icelanders are least worried about are unemployment, terrorism, and access to loans.
When these responses are broken down by demographics, a clearer picture emerges.
They very rich (those earning 1 million ISK per month or more) were the least concerned about poverty and corruption in Iceland. The same can also be said about voters for the Progressive Party and the Independence Party. In fact, Independence Party voters showed the least concern about poverty by far – at 10% – and the least concern with corruption, at 22%.
The results are especially telling when considering that most Icelanders do not believe the country is headed in the right direction in combating both poverty and corruption. In every other category, though, most Icelanders have faith that their society is developing normally.