Iceland's Centre Party Tumbles In Polls In Wake Of Klausturgate Scandal - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland’s Centre Party Tumbles In Polls In Wake Of Klausturgate Scandal

Published December 14, 2018

The Centre Party, four MPs of which featured prominently in the Klausturgate recordings, have dropped significantly in support in the latest MMR poll.

The poll was conducted from December 5 to 11, inclusive. These dates are important, as they follow the release of recordings of four Centre Party MPs and two People’s Party MPs speaking abusively about their female colleagues. In addition, on the last day of the poll, news broke that the four Centre Party MPs were seeking legal action against Bára Halldórsdóttir, the woman who recorded them at the bar Klaustur.

According to this poll, support for the Centre Party went from 13.1% for the last poll, which ended on November 21, to 5.9% today. The People’s Party also saw a significant drop in support, going from 7.6% to 4.2%—barely enough support to even get a seat in Parliament.

Where other parties are concerned, the Independence Party went from 21.1% to 22.1%; the Social Democrats went from 16.3% to 16.9%; the Pirate Party went from 11.3% to 14.4%; the Left-Greens went from 10.3% to 12.9%; and support for the Reform Party remained relatively unchanged, going from 8.6% to 8.5%.

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