According to a new survey conducted by daily Fréttabladid on Thursday, Iceland’s coalition government would receive 48.8 percent of the electorate and 32 MPs if parliamentary elections were to be held now and would maintain its majority.
Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
However, only about half of respondents wanted to vote for the parties that currently have seats in parliament, which shows discontent with the traditional party system, as political scientist Ólafur Th. Hardarson told visir.is.
Yet support for two parties has grown since the newspaper’s last survey in March: The Movement is now supported by 5.6 percent of respondents compared to 0.3 percent in March and support for the Left-Greens, one of the coalition parties, is up by five percent since March and now measures 25.6 percent.
As in March, the Independence Party is the country’s largest party, although support dropped by five percent and now measures 34.6 percent. Even so, support is much higher than in the 2009 election when only 23.7 percent of the electorate voted for the Independence Party.
The Social Democrats of Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir have similar results as in March; the party is currently supported by 23.2 percent of respondents. The support is significantly lower than in the last election when 29.8 percent of voters supported the party.
The Progressive Party is losing support; it is currently 7.3 percent, down by six percent since the March survey. The party was voted for by 14.8 percent of the electorate in 2009.