Almost half of Icelandic nation now want the Pirate Party

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, unofficial leader of the Pirate Party in Iceland.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, unofficial leader of the Pirate Party in Iceland. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Eggert

Anna Margrét Björnsson

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Anna Margrét Björnsson

A new opinion poll by Icelandic media outfits Fréttablaðið, Stöð 2 and Vísir gives Iceland’s Pirate Party a record 43% of the vote.

In a time of massive political unrest in Iceland, the open-democracy party has extended its lead as the nation’s most popular choice for the next general elections, with a record of 43% support.

Thousands of demonstrators have demanded the resignation of the current …

Thousands of demonstrators have demanded the resignation of the current PM and government. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Kristján

The current government parties – beleaguered by the current worldwide Panama Papers scandal – lose out in this latest poll.

21.6% percent would vote for the Independence Party, 11.2% for the Left-Green Movement, 10.2% for the Social Democratic Alliance, 7.9% for the Progressive Party, and 3.8% for Bright Future.

See more: Politics in Iceland – A beginner’s guide

According to its manifesto, the Pirate Party stands for direct …

According to its manifesto, the Pirate Party stands for direct democracy, freedom of information and civil and political rights. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Styrmir Kári

15.5% of people said they would not vote, 14% were undecided and 13.9% would not give an answer.

The poll was conducted on Monday and Tuesday this week.

A new Gallup survey published yesterday showed that 81% of Icelanders want Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson to resign as Prime Minister.

The Pirates are head and shoulders above the two governing …

The Pirates are head and shoulders above the two governing parties combined. Source: Fréttablaðið/Stöð 2/Vísir

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