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Support for Independence Party Hits Record Low in New Poll

By Ragnar Tómas

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Photo: Golli. Bjarni Benediktsson.

The latest Maskína survey shows the Independence Party’s support at a historic low of 14.7%, while the governing coalition’s combined support is at 30%. Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, though concerned, has no plans to step down ahead of the September 2025 elections.

An historic low

The monthly nationwide Maskína survey on party support was published yesterday. As noted on Maskína’s website, the results reveal “a bleaker outlook for the governing coalition parties than previously seen,” with their combined support measured at 30%.

Support for the Independence Party was 14.7% in June, marking its lowest point ever recorded by Maskína. Meanwhile, support for the Social Democratic Alliance remained steady at approximately 27%, with a significant difference between these two parties being consistent for 16 consecutive months.

As the Independence Party’s support declines, the Centre Party is gaining momentum, with only a two percentage point gap between the two parties.

“No specific explanation”

In an interview with RÚV yesterday, Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, who is also the leader of the Independence Party, did not offer any explanations for the party’s poor performance:

“I don’t know any specific explanations for this particular survey; they can vary, and one must also consider the margin of error. But of course, we are not satisfied with such measurements and need to think about how we can lift ourselves again before the elections.”

Are you considering stepping down in light of these surveys?

“No, I am not.”

The next parliamentary elections in Iceland will, all things being equal, take place in September 2025.

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