Iceland’s Pirate Party reports a recent surge in registrations of new members. According to Finnur Þ. Gunnþórsson, head of the party’s executive board, there have been so many new registrations that they have not been able to check each new member against their social security number and register them formally on their list of members.
The party had 1,443 members at the end of March, 513 of whom signed up that month, visir.is reports.
A MMR poll published on March 19 put the Pirate Party as the biggest political party in Iceland for the first time with 23.9 percent, up from 12.8 percent from the last poll.
Support for the Independence Party measured 23.4 percent. The party has historically enjoyed the most support in Iceland. Support for the Social Democrats was at 15.5 percent and there was 11-percent support for Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s Progressive Party. The Left Greens were attributed with 10.8-percent support and Bright Future 10.3 percent.