From Iceland — Poll: Little Movement In Party Support Between Months

Poll: Little Movement In Party Support Between Months

Published February 15, 2022

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A new poll from Gallup shows very little movement in terms of individual party support, but support for the ruling coalition has been declining gradually since the 2021 general elections.

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According to the results, support for the ruling coalition–led by the Left-Greens and also comprised of the Independence Party and the Progressive Party–is now at 59%, down from 62% last month. The combined support for the individual parties in the coalition, meanwhile, went from 54% during last September’s election results to 52% last month to 50% today.

Where individual party support is concerned, the Independence Party remains the strongest party in the country, at 22.4%, but down from 23.3% last month and 24.4% on election day. Over this same period, the Progressives went from 17.3% to 17.7% to 17.0%. The Left-Greens went from 12.6% on election day to 10.6% last month and 10.7% today.

As has been the case for several months now, the Left-Greens continue to be outpaced by two opposition parties, the Social Democrats and the Pirate Party. The former has seen their support go from 9.9% to 10.5% to 10.8%, while the latter has gone from 8.6% to 12.5%.

Where other parties are concerned, the Reform Party is the only one showing steady, albeit slow, upwards movement, going from 8.3% on election day to 8.7% last month and 9.4% today.

Meanwhile, the People’s Party holds relatively steady, having gone from 8.9% to 8.6% to 8.8%. The same could also be said of the Socialist Party, going from 4.1% to 4.5% to 4.3%, while the Centre Party went from 5.5% on election day to 3.4% and 3.7% today. If elections were held today, it is unlikely these latter two parties would win a seat in Parliament.

In addition to these results, 8% said they would either submit a blank ballot or not vote at all, and 8% declined to answer which party they would support if elections were held today.

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