New poll says Iceland’s government could hold on to power
The two leaders of the current governing coalition, Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson (left) and Bjarni Benediktsson (right). Photo: Iceland Monitor/Golli
The poll, published in Icelandic daily Fréttablaðið today, gives the Independence Party 34.6% of the vote. This is in stark contrast to many recent polls which have put support for the party in the low to mid-twenties .
The Independence Party currently forms a government with the Progressive Party (‘Framsóknarflokkurinn’), whose fortunes took a beating earlier this year when the party’s leader was toppled from his position as Prime Minister following the Panama Papers scandal .
According to this latest poll, the Independence Party would return 24 MPs and the Progressive Party nine, giving them together – should they agree to continue their coalition – a majority in the Icelandic Parliament (‘Alþingi’) (33/63).
800 people were contacted for this latest poll, of whom 51.5% indicated their intention to vote for a particular party.