Iceland election LATEST: seven parties set to return MPs

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Ómar Óskarsson

The latest opinion polls for Iceland’s upcoming general elections continue to give mixed messages as regards which party is likely to secure first place.

Two news polls – dated yesterday and today, and carried out by Fréttablaðið/Stöð 2/Vísir – put either the centre-right Independence Party (‘Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn’) or the open-democracy Pirate Party (‘Píratar’) at the top of the pile.

Yesterday’s survey forecasts a convincing victory for the centre-right Independence Party (‘Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn’).

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The Independence Party has been neck-and-neck with the Pirate Party in several recent polls, but showed an almost eight-point lead yesterday. Today’s poll has the two parties back on a level footing.

At the other end of the table, the other novelty is the Bright Future Party, who have for some time been polling at round 3-4% – under the 5% threshold needed to return an MP to Iceland’s national parliament Alþingi.

Bright Future polls at 5.3% and 8.2% in these new polls and would therefore become the seventh party to have parliamentary representation after the elections.

Icelanders go to the polls on Saturday 29 October to elect a new legislative assembly.

 

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