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Support for Presidential Candidates in Swing

By Iceland Review

Historian Guðni Th. Jóhannesson is supported by the overwhelming majority of respondents, 55.1 percent, in a new survey carried out by the University of Iceland’s Social Science Department for Morgunblaðið newspaper. His rate remains stable while support fluctuates for the other candidates.

Davíð Oddsson, former PM and current editor of Morgunblaðið, is supported by 15.9 percent, down by 3.8 percent from the department’s last survey. Businesswoman Halla Tómasdóttir gains the most support, up from 9.8 percent to 12.3 percent. Author and activist Andri Snær Magnason loses support, down from 12 percent to 11 percent. Other candidates have a combined support rate of 5.7 percent, reports.

In a survey carried out by Fréttablaðið newspaper, Guðni loses 5 percent in one week and now stands at 56 percent. Davíð is supported by 16.1 percent of voters, Andri by 13.1 percent and Halla by 9.6 percent—Andri and Halla are gaining support. Truck driver Sturla Jónsson is supported by 2.9 percent of respondents and others have lower support rates.

The University of Iceland’s Social Science Department reveals that Guðni is popular among young voters; 50 percent of 18-29 year olds plan to vote him and 20 percent Andri. The oldest voters also support Guðni with 59 percent of those who are 60 and older declaring their support for him, while 26 percent of voters in that age group plan to vote Davíð.

Supporters of the Independence Party, which Davíð used to chair, flock behind him, with 53 percent rooting for his presidency. Guðni is the most popular candidate among voters of all other parties. The survey was emailed to the 2,000 members of the department’s online panel with 1,072 responding.

Fréttablaðið reports that Guðni, Andri and Halla are more popular among women, while Davíð has a much higher support rate among men than women. The survey was carried out by phone on June 13; 926 people were reached and 802 participated in the poll.

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