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Independents Enjoy More Support than Coalition

According to a new survey by Fréttabladid daily, the Independence Party is supported by more voters that the Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition government. If these were the results of a parliamentary election, the Independence Party could forge a coalition with the Progressive Party.

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Bjarni Benediktsson, chairman of the Independence Party. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

However, Fréttabladid points out that only 54 percent of those who participated in the survey revealed for which party they would vote if elections were held today, which indicates that people are generally dissatisfied with political parties.

The survey reveals that the Independence Party is currently supported by 43.4 percent of the electorate, up by 7.8 percent in Fréttabladid’s last poll in September 2010.

The Social Democrats are also on the rise with 25.8 percent of respondents announcing their support for the party, up by 2.6 percent since September.

However, the other coalition party, the Left-Greens, is losing support. Currently, 16.9 percent of respondents would vote for the party, 9.1 percent fewer than in the last survey.

The coalition parties have a combined support of 42.3 percent of those responding to the question on which party they would vote for, which would earn them 28 out of 63 MPs in parliament—not a majority.

The Progressive Party enjoys increased support compared to September’s survey, with 11.8 percent of voters ruling in their favor, up by 4.5 percent.

The Independence Party and Progressive Party could therefore forge a coalition—a coalition which ruled Iceland for a long time until the Independence Party-Social Democrat coalition took over in 2007, only to collapse two years later.

The poll concludes that The Movement would not earn any MPs in parliament if elections were held today with support of only 2.1 percent of the electorate, down from 5.6 percent in September.

Click here to read more about the last survey.

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