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Icelanders Want Pirates to Trial Bankers

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Landsbanki, one of the banks that collapsed. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Most respondents to a new MMR survey, 24.9 percent, said they trust the Pirate Party best to settle issues that have to do with the economic crisis that hit in 2008, such as leading an investigation into the banking collapse.

For comparison, only 8.8 percent believed the Progressive Party of Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson was up for the task. When the crisis hit, an Independence Party-Social Democrat coalition was in power. The Pirate Party is the only political party in parliament today which did not exist at the time of the collapse.

People’s attitudes towards four major issues were surveyed.

Most respondents, or 25.6 percent, trust the Independence Party, the Progressive Party’s coalition partner, best when it comes to the affairs of immigrants, although the ranking has dropped from 32.0 percent in January 2014 and 41.4 percent in December 2012.

Former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir stepped down in late November 2014 following the leak of a confidential document about an asylum seeker from her ministry one year earlier.

The Independence Party also ranks highest in terms of reviewing the constitution with 25.4 percent of respondents wanting them to lead the project.

Most respondents, or 39.0 percent, believe the Social Democratic Alliance is best suited to deal with the European Union accession process.

These numbers don’t reflect the parties’ overall support rankings. According to the survey, 27.3 percent of respondents would vote the Independence Party, 16.9 percent the Social Democrats, 15.9 percent Bright Future, 12.8 percent the Pirate Party, 11.9 percent the Left-Green Movement and 9.4 percent the Progressive Party.

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