Centre Party Now Second Largest In Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Centre Party Now Second Largest In Iceland

Published October 9, 2019

Andie Fontaine
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Art Bicnick

According to a new poll from Market and Media Research (MMR), the government would look very different from the way it is now if elections were held today.

The poll results show that the Independence Party is still the largest in the country, at 19.8%, up slightly from an historic low of 18.3% during the previous monthly poll.

However, the Centre Party has continued its steady climb, and is now at 14.8%, making it the second largest party in the country. Following close behind them are the Social Democrats, at 14.1%, followed by the Reform Party, at 11%.

At the same time, the Left-Greens—the party leading the government and a part of the ruling coalition comprised of them, the Independence Party and the Progressive Party—are now down to 10.3%, with the Progressives at 10.1%.

The Pirates saw the most significant drop in support, going from 12.4% in the previous poll down to 8.8% today. Meanwhile, the People’s Party and the Socialist Party alike saw small blips of upwards support, and are now at 5.6% and 3.1% respectively.

This being the case, the current ruling coalition would fall if elections were held today. Parliamentary elections in Iceland will not be held until 2021, barring another government collapse or other political crisis, so whether any of these parties can maintain or gain support by that time still remains to be seen.

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