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Support for Social Democratic Alliance Passes 30%

The Social Democratic Alliance enjoys by far the most support of any party in Iceland according to the latest poll from Gallup. The party has passed the 30% mark in the monthly poll for the first time in 14 years. The next most popular party is the Independence Party, trailing behind the Social Democratic Alliance at 20.4%. RÚV reported first.

Support more than tripled

Support for the Social Democratic Alliance has more than tripled since October 2021 (just after the last parliamentary election) when it measured 9.8% support. The Social Democratic Alliance currently occupies six of the 63 seats in Iceland’s parliament, serving in the opposition. If an election were held today, the party could win as many as 19 seats, if voting were in line with the Gallup poll.

Independence Party support flags

The Independence Party’s support has been dropping fairly steadily since October 2022, when it measured 24.4%. The Independence Party is currently in the governing coalition alongside the Left-Green Movement and the Progressive Party, whose following measures at 5.7% and 8.1% respectively. The remaining parties in the poll all come in at between 9.6% (Pirate Party) and 3.9% (Socialist Party). The People’s Party enjoys 5.7% support, the Reform Party 7.9% support, and the Centre Party 8.6% support.

Rose to power following banking collapse

The Social Demcoratic Alliance is chaired by Kristrún Frostadóttir, who recently took over the position from Logi Már Einarsson. The party was formed in 2000 through the merger of four centre-left political parties. It emerged as the largest party following the snap 2009 election in the aftermath of the banking collapse in Iceland, forming a coalition government with the Left-Green Movement, Iceland’s first-ever majority left-wing government. The Social Democratic Alliance is the second-largest party in the Reykjavík City Council, under the leadership of Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson.

The Gallup poll was conducted between September 1 and October 1. The sample size was 11,005 with a participation rate of 48.5%.

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