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Majority Wants Iceland’s Red-Green Coalition to Continue

More than 54 percent of participants in a recent opinion poll conducted by Fréttabladid daily and Stöd 2 television station want the current Social Democrat-Left-Green coalition government to continue to be in power after the elections on April 25.

Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The second-most popular composition, although supported by considerably fewer voters, was a coalition between the Independence Party and the Progressive Party, which almost 13 percent of respondents mentioned, Fréttabladid reports. These two parties cooperated in government for a number of years before the 2007 election.

That the Social Democrats and Independence Party form another alliance—they were at the helm when the economy collapsed—was favored by less than ten percent of respondents.

Fewer voters still, less than 7 percent, wanted a coalition between the Independence Party and the Left-Greens. These two parties, which are furthest away from each other on Iceland’s political spectrum, have never formed a government together.

Other options for a coalition received much less support.

However, when asked about single parties, more than 70 percent said they wanted to include the Social Democrats in the next government, roughly 65 percent named the Left-Greens, 32 percent the Independence Party and close to 18 percent mentioned the Progressive Party.

Other parties received the support of less than two percent of respondents.

Eight hundred eligible voters were called at random on March 11 and 60 percent responded to the question of what political parties they wanted to see in power after the elections on April 25.

Click here to read about another recent opinion poll.

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