The latest opinion poll shows only very small changes in support for Iceland’s political parties and the Pirate Party is still the most likely to win an election. However, the party can be particularly pleased because, despite a very slight reversal in fortunes in recent months, the party has never before polled stronger in a Gallup poll than now.
Around 36 percent of respondents in the poll said they would vote for the Pirates in a poll which shows a mere 0.1-1.1 percent swing in support for all parties, RÚV reports.
After the Pirates with 36.1 percent, the Independence Party polled with 23.2 percent support, the Progressive Party was on 12.1 percent, and the Left Green Movement was on 11 percent.
The Social Democrats polled with 9.5 percent, Bright Future claimed 3.2 percent support, and Viðreisn (no established English name for the party yet, but means something like ‘Awakening’ or ‘Recovery’) with 2.1 percent.
Viðreisn is not a new party since last month, but appears in the poll for the first time because it has gained enough popularity to be included.
The poll was compiled between February 25 and March 30 and there is no significant difference in support for the parties when set out by week.
Around ten percent of respondents said they would submit blank protest ballots or not vote at all, while 11 percent refused to say how they would vote. There are several different polling companies in Iceland whose results differ slightly due to working methods and timings.