Public Trust in Icelandic Presidential Office Down

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Public Trust in Icelandic Presidential Office Down

By Zoë Robert
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Public trust in the Icelandic Presidential Office is considerably lower than a year ago, according to a new poll from Gallup on confidence in 17 of Iceland’s principal institutions. Trust in the Presidential Office dropped by 12 percentage points to 47 points, ruv.is reports. 

At the same time, public trust in Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, and the Special Prosecutor has increased. Twenty-four percent of Icelanders trust in parliament while 57 percent trust the Special Prosecutor.

The Icelandic Coast Guard tops the list with 89 percent, followed by the police with 83 percent and the University of Iceland with 73 percent. Trust in the Icelandic health care system dropped four percentage points to 64 percent.  Meanwhile, trust in the banking system stands at 14 percent, four percentage points above last year.

The poll, which covered 17 institutions, was conducted February 12 to 23.

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