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Independence Party Losing Support outside Reykjavík

Support for the Independence Party is declining—especially outside the capital region—while support for the other party in Iceland’s coalition government, the Social Democrats, is rising, according to a new opinion poll by Fréttabladid daily.

Overall, support for the Independence Party has dropped by six percent since April. Now, 32.8 percent of participants say they would vote for the party, Fréttabladid reports.

Outside the capital region the Independence Party would lose one third of its support if general elections would he held today, down to 25.6 percent from 39.4 percent in April.

Support for the Social Democrats has grown by five percent since Fréttabladid’s last opinion poll in April. Currently, 32.0 percent of participants would vote for the party.

Support for the party outside the capital region has grown by 75 percent, from 21.2 percent to 37.2 percent.

The opinion poll also revealed that support for the Independence Party-Social Democrat government is on a rapid decline. Compared to an opinion poll in February, 28 percent fewer participants declared support for the government.

In February 71.9 percent said they supported the coalition government, but currently 51.5 percent of participants declared support for the government.

Overall support for the Left-Greens, the largest opposition party, has dropped by almost four percent since April. Currently, 17.1 percent of participants would vote for the party.

The two smallest parties in Iceland’s political landscape, the Progressive Party and the Liberal Party, are both enjoying more support than in April, up by 2.0 and 2.5 percent respectively.

Currently, 8.9 percent of participants would vote for the Progressive Party and 8.0 percent for the Liberal Party.

Fréttabladid called 800 people, 18 and older, at random on June 21. Only 60.6 percent would reveal which party they would vote for if general elections would be held today, but 87.1 percent answered the question on whether they supported the government or not.

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