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One third of nation took part in election poll

Students at Bifröst University, west Iceland, designed an interactive online poll to help people decide for which party to vote in the parliamentary elections last weekend. About 100,000 people visited the website and 73,000 took part in the poll.

“The purpose was to help undecided voters to realize what they should vote for according to the parties’ platforms,” Páll Ingi Kvaran, one of the students at Bifröst, told Morgunbladid.

“Nearly 100,000 people visited the website, which is a large portion of the Icelandic nation [pop. 300,000],” Kvaran said and added he was surprised by the popularity of the poll. “We thought maybe 5,000 people would visit the site and we would have been very pleased with that.”

The poll was a university project undertaken by six students, studying philosophy, economics and politics.

“We analyzed the parties’ platforms and created a few questions based on disparities between them. Once that was finished we had ten questions, but added one when the Icelandic Movement joined the race,” Kvaran explained.

“We noticed that the Social Democrats, for example, did not have a stance on many issues while the Independence Party and the Left Greens had stances on almost every issue. The central parties were much more likely not to have stances,” Kvaran concluded.

The students asked some of the parties’ registered members to take part in the poll and in most cases the results matched their party membership. Kvaran said undecided participants had often decided to vote according to the poll’s results.

Click here to take part in the interactive poll.

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