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Minority Backs New Coalition in Reykjavík City

In a new opinion poll by Fréttabladid daily, 26.2 percent of participants support the new Independence Party-Progressive Party majority coalition in Reykjavík City Council—the fourth coalition to serve this term—which was forged last week.

About the same number of voters supports the new majority in Reykjavík City as the previous Independence Party-Liberal Party coalition which was forged in January, Fréttabladid reports.

However, 32.3 percent of participants say they support Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir of the Independence Party as mayor, although 43.8 percent of participants say they prefer Dagur B. Eggertsson of the Social Democrats.

Eggertsson served as mayor for 103 days earlier this term. In January, 56.9 percent of participants in a Fréttabladid poll wanted Eggertsson to remain mayor. Now 8.4 percent of participants say they want a non-political mayor to take the reins.

Meanwhile, support for the Independence Party in Reykjavík City continues to decline; currently 27.9 percent of participants say they would vote for the party, which enjoyed a support of 42.9 percent in the city council elections in May 2006.

The Social Democrats now enjoy a support of 46.8 percent, up from 27.4 percent in May 2006. Support for the Left-Greens is also on the rise, up from 13.4 percent to 17.7 percent.

Support for the Liberal Party, which outgoing Mayor of Reykjavík Ólafur F. Magnússon represents in the city council, has dropped severely since the elections in May 2006; from 10.1 percent to 3.0 percent.

The Progressive Party, which has now forged a majority coalition with the Independence Party in Reykjavík City Council, is supported by 4.5 percent of participants in the Fréttabladid poll, down from 6.3 percent of the electorate in May 2006.

Click here to read more about the new majority coalition in Reykjavík City.

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