The Independence Party has reclaimed its position as Iceland’s largest political party with the support of 29.0 percent, according to a new opinion poll undertaken by Capacent Gallup for national broadcaster RÚV and Morgunbladid daily.
Current chairman of the Independence Party Geir H. Haarde (left) and vice-chairperson Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
The Social Democrats are the second-most popular party with 27.5 percent of respondents declaring support for them—down by 3.5 percent since February, closely followed by the other government party, the Left-Greens, who are currently supported by 25.9 percent of respondents—up by 1.3 percent from the last poll, Morgunbladid reports.
According to these numbers, the current Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition would receive the majority of MPs in parliament and could remain in power without backing from the Progressive Party, which is currently defending it from a vote of no confidence.
Support for the Progressive Party measured 12.6 percent, the Liberal Party 2.1 percent, the Iceland Movement, which ran at the last elections but didn’t get an MP voted to parliament, 2.0 percent and other parties 0.9 percent.
A few new political parties have announced their candidacy in the upcoming elections on April 25.
The poll was undertaken between February 25 and March 3 with a sample of 1,513 voters.