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Independents Still on Top, 47 Percent Back Coalition

A new opinion poll by Capacent Gallup concludes that 32 percent of respondents would currently vote for the Independence Party—which has reclaimed its spot as Iceland’s largest political party—and 47 percent back the Social Democrat-Left Green coalition in Iceland’s government.

Chairman of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Support for the political parties in Iceland has not changed much since the last opinion poll in October. However, in a poll in May, shortly after the new government was elected, 60 percent of respondents supported it, Morgunbladid reports.

Almost 6,000 people were contacted and 70 percent responded to the question on which party they would vote for if parliamentary elections were held today.

The Social Democrat Alliance is the second largest party with 26 percent support, while the Left-Green Movement is supported by 23 percent of respondents and the Progressive Party by 16 percent.

Only around one percent of respondents said they would vote the Movement, a new political party, which went by the name of the Civic Movement in the parliamentary elections in April this year when it had four MPs elected to parliament.

People were also asked whether they supported the separation of church and state and 74 percent of respondents said they did—a higher percentage than ever before.

Click here to read more about the October poll.

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