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Iceland’s Progressive Party on the Rise

By Iceland Review

According to a new opinion poll, conducted by market research company MMR, support for the Progressive Party has increased considerably since the last poll, from 4.9 percent to 17.2 percent, and the party has in fact become larger than the Social Democrats.

The Progressive Party recently elected a new chairman, Sigmundur Davíd Gunnlaugsson.

Support for the Social Democrats has dropped considerably, from 27.1 percent to 16.7 percent. Support for the other government party, the Independence Party, continues to decrease, currently at 24.3 percent, reports.

For the first time this term, which began in May 2007, the combined electorate of the government parties is lower than 50 percent, currently at 41 percent.

The Left-Greens remain the largest party in Iceland; 28.5 percent of respondents said they would vote for the party if new elections were held today.

Support for the Liberal Party remains low, 3.0 percent, while only 2.2 percent would vote the Icelandic Movement, which had no representatives elected to parliament after the 2007 elections.

Almost eight percent of respondents said they wanted to vote for other political parties than the ones that ran at the last elections.

Click here to read about the results of the last opinion poll, undertaken in December.

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