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New PM Iceland’s Most Popular Minister

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, who took office last month, is Iceland’s most popular minister with 65 percent of respondents saying that they were satisfied with her work, according to a recent opinion poll by Capacent Gallup.

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

Minister of Business Affairs Gylfi Magnússon received the second-highest approval rating of 59 percent, Morgunbladid reports.

Minister of Justice Ragna Árnadóttir and Minister of Education Katrín Jakobsdóttir shared the third place with approximately 50 percent of respondents saying they were satisfied with their work.

Minister of Finance, Fisheries and Agriculture Steingrímur J. Sigfússon and Minister of Health Ögmundur Jónasson ranked fourth and fifth, with an approval rating of 45 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

On the other end of the scale is Minister of the Environment Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir; only 14 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with her work.

In the same poll, respondents were asked whether they were satisfied or dissatisfied with the work of President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Almost half, or 46 percent, said they were dissatisfied with his work, while 31 percent approved of it.

Last year, 87 percent of respondents in a similar poll were satisfied with the president.

Respondents were also asked whether they trusted Icelandic institutions. Only 13 percent declared they had complete faith in the Althingi parliament, 11 percent said they found the Central Bank trustworthy, five percent trusted the Financial Supervisory Authority (FME) and four percent had faith in the banking system, which is a record low.

People seem rather to place their trust in universities, the police and healthcare institutions, which received an approval rating of between 70 and 80 percent. Faith in the Reykjavík City Council doubled from the last rating, from nine to 18 percent.

Click here to read about other recent opinion polls.

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