From Iceland — Poll: Social Democrats Within Reach Of Independence Party

Poll: Social Democrats Within Reach Of Independence Party

Published October 16, 2019

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Hörður Sveinsson

A new poll conducted by Zenter for Fréttablaðið and its website shows the Social Democrats taking a dramatic rise in support from just last month, barely 1% away from the Independence Party.

According to the results, the Independence Party is still the party with the greatest support in the country, at 19.6%. However, this marks a significant decrease from their support during the 2017 parliamentary elections, when they finished at 25.3%.

At the same time, the Social Democrats have seen a surge of support between last month and this month, going from 13.9% in September to 18.5% today. No other party in this poll has performed as well.

In fact, most other parties saw little change in support between polls. The Left-Greens, who lead the government coalition, are at 12.7%—nearly four points lower than during the 2017 elections; the Centre Party is at 11.6%; the Reform Party is at almost the same level, at 11.3%, and the Pirates are at 10.9%. As such, all of these parties are at more or less the same level of support.

Only two parties—the Progressive Party and the People’s Party—finished in single digits, at 7.3% and 4% respectively.

For those confused by these results, given that just last week we reported that the Centre Party was the second strongest in the country, bear in mind that last week’s poll was conducted by Market and Media Research, a separate company from Zenter.

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