From Iceland — Polls: Centre Party Takes A Hit, Most Icelanders Want Resignations

Polls: Centre Party Takes A Hit, Most Icelanders Want Resignations

Published December 4, 2018

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Art Bicnick

Support for the Centre Party has dropped by a significant degree, Kjarninn reports, according to the latest results of a Gallup poll. The party, one of two involved in the published recordings of several MPs speaking abusively about their mostly female colleagues, has gone from 13% support to 8% before and after the story broke.

The other party involved, the People’s Party, saw their support remain unchanged, at 6%.

The Independence Party remains the strongest party in the coalition and the country in general, at 24%, followed by the Social Democrats, who are at 19% and in the opposition. The Left-Greens, who lead the ruling coalition, are at 11%, and the third coalition partner, the Progressives, are at 7%. Where other opposition parties are concerned, the Reform Party and the Pirate Party are both at 10%.

In related news, Maskína conducted a poll asking respondents how much they agreed or disagreed with the statement that any of the six parliamentarians recorded in the Klaustur scandal should resign. Gunnari Bragi Sveinsson of the Centre Party received the strongest amount of push for resignation, with 91% saying he should resign. He is currently on unpaid leave.

90% had the same to say about Bergþór Ólason, and 86% said they wanted Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson to resign, both of whom are also in the Centre Party. 85% and 82% respectively felt that People’s Party MPs Karl Gauti Hjaltason and Ólafur Ísleifsson should resign. While the two have been kicked out of the People’s Party, they have said they will remain on in Parliament as “independent” parliamentarians.

The least amount of support for resignation went to Anna Kolbrún Árnadóttir of the Centre Party, who is also the only one so far to hint at the possibility of resignation.

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