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Joke Party Takes the Lead in Reykjavík Election

Besti flokkurinn, a joke party founded by comedian Jón Gnarr, would receive 36 percent of votes and six representatives on Reykjavík City Council, according to a new survey conducted by MMR (Media and Market Research) on behalf of the Independence Party.

Jón Gnarr. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Besti flokkurinn is up by 12 percent since the last survey, mostly at the cost of the Social Democrats and the Left-Greens, concludes.

If these were the results of the municipal election for Reykjavík, Besti flokkurinn would receive more support than any other party running for seats on the Reykjavík City Council and Gnarr, as the party’s leader, has a shot at becoming mayor.

More than 64 percent of respondents in the survey said they were rather or strongly against the parties that currently form the national coalition government, that is, the Social Democrats and the Left-Greens, also forming the majority in the Reykjavík City Council after the municipal election.

According to the poll, the Independence Party is the second most popular party after Besti flokkurinn, with 31 percent of the electorate, which would earn the party five representatives on the council.

More than 70 percent of the respondents said the current mayor, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir of the Independence Party, has done a good job.

The Social Democrats follow with a support of 18 percent and three council members, while the Left-Greens are supported by 11 percent of the electorate, which would only suffice for one seat on the council.

The Progressive Party wouldn’t earn any seats on the council with the support of only three percent of the electorate.

The Icelandic municipal elections take place on May 29.

Click here to read more about Besti flokkurinn (which translates as “The Best Party”) and here to watch its campaign music video.

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