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President with Majority Approval Rating for Fourth Term

Almost 65 percent of participants in a Fréttabladid newspaper opinion poll said they would support President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson for a fourth term as president.

The current term ends next year, Fréttabladid reports.

When Fréttabladid polled support for Grímsson four years ago, more people said they would support his candidacy for a new term, or 77 percent of participants.

Most of Grímsson’s supporters, or 77 percent, vote for the Left-Green Movement, 71 percent of those who would not reveal which political party they vote for said they would support the president’s candidacy, as well as 70 percent of those who vote for the Social Democratic Alliance and 65 percent of the Liberal Party’s voters.

There is less interest among the voters of the Independence Party and the Progressive Party to have Grímsson continue as president, 49 and 50 percent of participants, respectively, said they would support his candidacy for a fourth term in office.

Participants in the poll were also asked who they would like to see as president if Grímsson would not announce his candidacy.

Few had an opinion on this but most mentioned Davíd Oddsson, director of the Central Bank and former prime minister, Bjarni Ármansson, former CEO of Glitnir Bank and current chairman of Reykjavík Energy Invest’s board, Thórólfur Árnason, former Mayor of Reykjavík and current CEO of computer company Skýrr, Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir, former Deputy Secretary-General of OECD and current head of the trading office at the Foreign Ministry in Iceland, and former minister and Iceland’s ambassador in the US Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson.

Fréttabladid contacted 800 people over 18 on September 29 with 87 percent responding to the opinion poll.

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