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Iceland’s Government Supported by Majority of Voters

If elections were held today, the current Social Democrat-Left Green coalition would receive majority of votes and end up with 37 out of 63 MPs in parliament, according to a new opinion poll undertaken by Capacent Gallup for Morgunbladid newspaper.

Support for the Social Democratic Alliance is on the rise, currently at 31.1 percent, which translates as 21 MPs in parliament. Support for the party is up by almost ten percent compared to an opinion poll undertaken at the beginning of this year, Morgunbladid reports.

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir of the Social Democrats. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The Independence Party would receive 26.2 percent of votes and 17 MPs, closely followed by the other government party, the Left-Greens, which is currently supported by 24.6 percent of voters. That would earn them 16 MPs in parliament.

Support for the Progressive Party measures 12.8 percent, which means that the party would end up with eight MPs. The Liberal Party is currently supported by less than three percent of voters, which would not suffice for a seat in parliament.

A Fréttabladid opinion poll delivered very similar results. The newspaper points out the significance of the Social Democrats having reclaimed their spot as Iceland’s largest political party and of the Independence Party also regaining support.

“The Independence Party has been rated with support below 30 percent in recent polls, and although it has gained support since it was in power it is still far below the percentage it received at the elections [in 2007],” said political scientist Ólafur Th. Hardarson.

Very few people said they would vote for a new political party, only 2.2 percent of respondents, which would not result in a seat in parliament. The majority of respondents, 55.4 percent, declared their support for the current government.

Click here to read about an opinion poll undertaken one month ago.

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