Sixty-Seven Percent Want Interior Minister to Quit

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Sixty-Seven Percent Want Interior Minister to Quit

By Zoë Robert
Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The latest opinion poll conducted by daily newspaper Fréttablaðið found that 67 percent of respondents would like Icelandic Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir to step down in light of the so-called ‘leak affair.’ At the same time, 33 percent of respondents say that she does not need to quit.

Hanna Birna defended her position in television interviews on Stöð 2’s Ísland í dag and RÚV’s Kastljós earlier this week, denying having been in violation of regulations in her relations with former Chief of Police Stefán Eiríksson during the police’s investigation of the leak of a confidential document from her ministry.

When the results are broken down by political party, it is clear that supporters of Hanna Birna’s Independence Party have the lowest disapproval rating with 45 percent stating that she should step down.

Meanwhile, 51 percent of supporters of Prime Minster Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s Progressive Party believe that Hanna Birna should step down, 86 percent of supporters of Bright Future, 83 percent of supporters of the Social Democrats, 88 percent of the Left-Greens and 90 percent of Pirate Party supporters.

A total of 650 people responded to the survey.

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