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Gender Gap Might Close with Tomorrow’s Elections

The collapse in support for the Independence Party among male voters might cause the gender gap that has existed in elections in Iceland to almost close. Since the early 1980s, women have tended to vote for parties in the left and men for parties in the right.

Inside Iceland’s Althingi parliament. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

The gender gap has been considerably wide in elections in Iceland, measuring 7.2 percent in the 2007 parliamentary elections.

However, the gap has now decreased to 2.7 percent, according to the latest opinion poll undertaken by Capacent Gallup for Morgunbladid daily and national broadcaster RÚV, April 20 to 22.

Political scientist Einar Mar Thórdarson said the reason for this development is possibly that typically male-dominant entities of the economy suffered the worst blow in the economic collapse last fall.

According to the latest Gallup poll, the center-left Social Democrats remain Iceland’s largest political party with support of 29.2 percent of respondents and the left-wing Left-Green Movement follows with support of 27.2 percent.

The conservative Independence Party ranks third with support of 23.6 percent of respondents, the Progressive Party receives 11.9 percent in support, the Civic Movement (a.k.a. the Public Movement) 6.5 percent, the Liberal Party 1.2 percent and the Democracy Party 0.4 percent.

If these were the results of tomorrow’s elections, the bottom two parties would not earn any seats in parliament.

Gallup contacted 2,380 voters at random and 60.1 percent responded to the questions.

Click here to read about the results of other recent opinion polls.

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