Almost half of Icelandic nation now want the Pirate Party
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, unofficial leader of the Pirate Party in Iceland. Photo: Iceland Monitor/Eggert
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 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.
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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.