Support for Best Party in Reykjavík Election Drops

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Support for Best Party in Reykjavík Election Drops

Support for the Best Party (Besti flokkurinn), founded by comedian Jón Gnarr, has dropped slightly in a new poll conducted by Fréttabladid and Stöd 2, compared to a poll conducted last week. The Independence Party claims one of the party’s council members.

Jón Gnarr. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“It is certainly disappointing. I thought we would gradually gain support. It has been my goal the entire time to achieve a clear majority in Reykjavík so that we can make some serious changes in the city,” Gnarr told visir.is.

According to the new survey, the Best Party is currently supported by 40.9 percent of voters in Reykjavík, which would result in seven council members out of a possible 15, Fréttabladid reports.

One week ago, a survey by Fréttabladid and Stöd 2 indicated that the Best Party would earn eight representatives on Reykjavík City Council—a clear majority.

However, the Best Party is still far ahead of other parties running for seats in the council. The runner-up is the Independence Party with 26.7 percent of votes and four council members, albeit a 5.6 percent increase since the last poll.

The Social Democrats are currently supported by 18.3 percent of the electorate, which would secure three representatives on the council, while the Left-Greens are supported by 8.9 percent and would earn one seat on the council. Other parties are out.

Out of the 800 voters in Reykjavík who were contacted last night, 26.1 percent said they were undecided, even though the municipal elections are tomorrow. A total of 12.8 percent of respondents said they would either hand in an empty ballot or not vote at all.

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