A new poll puts the Pirate Party as the biggest political party in Iceland for the first time.
The new MMR poll asked people about their support for different parties and their support of the current government. People were asked their opinions March 13-18 and the Pirate Party came out top for the first time—up to 23.9 percent from 12.8 percent in the last poll; which is an increase of 11.1 percent.
Support for the Independence Party measured 23.4 percent, which is a change of just 0.4 percent from last time, but nevertheless significant because the Independence Party has usually been the best-supported party through the entire history of the Icelandic republic.
Support for the Social Democrats is at 15.5 percent and there is 11 percent support for the Progressive Party, compared to 13.1 percent at the last opinion poll, Vísir reported.
The Left Greens were attributed with 10.8 percent support, Bright Future 10.3 percent, and all other parties under two percent.
Opinion polls are fickle, but over an extended time period they are consistently showing a significant decline in support for the ruling Progressive Party, maintained strong support for the ruling coalition partner the Independence Party, and showing that support going to the new and edgy Pirate Party over more traditional left-of-center parties like the Greens and the Social Democrats.
The way things stand now, the Pirate Party could hope to get 14 or more MPs if an election were held, whereas they currently have just three members in the 63-seat parliament.