According to the results of a recent Gallup poll, support for the Progessive Party is under four per cent in the two Reykjavík parliamentary districts, Reykjavík North and Reykjavík South.
The Progressive Party is the party of prime minister Halldór Ásgrímsson; Árni Magnússon, minister of social affairs; Valgerður Sverrisdóttir minister of industry and commerce; Guðni Ágústsson, minister of agriculture and Jón Kristjánsson minister of health. Together with the Independence Party, the Progressives form the current ruling coalition government.
Support for the Progressive Party on a nationwide basis measured in at 8.7 per cent last month, slightly up from its all time low of 8.5 per cent.
3.9 per cent is the lowest the Progressive party has ever measured in Reykjavik. Previously, lowest it had scored was 4.9 per cent in July 2004. In the 2003 elections the Progressive Party received 11.5 per cent of the votes in Reykjavík.
Fréttablaðið quotes Jónína Bjartmarz, alternative parliamentarian for the Progressive Party, saying, “It´s obvious that we have work to do. The good thing about the situation is that we can only go up from here and that is where we intend to go.”
The Progressives have been involved in several controversial issues recently. Among other things, the prime minister has been accused self-dealing during the privatization of two state banks in 2002; the management of Iceland’s largest hospital has come under heavy criticism; and the rapid increase in real estate prices over the past year has been attributed to policies introduced by the Progressives.
The Independence Party holds the most support at 40 per cent. Last month it measured at 38.4 per cent.
Support for the other political parties has only slightly changed since last month’s poll. The Social Democratic Alliance measured in at 36.7 per cent from 36.6 per cent last month. The Left Green Party received 16.8 per cent support, down from 17.1 per cent last month. 1.8 per cent of the respondents said they would vote for the Liberal Party down from 2.7 per cent last month.