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President Enjoys Support from Oldest and Youngest

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President Enjoys Support from Oldest and Youngest

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Bessastaðir, the presidential mansion. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Young people and senior citizens are the biggest supporters of incumbent president, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, according to a new MMR opinion poll.

The results show that 56 percent of the 18-29-year-olds who answered the poll would vote for Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson if the election were held today. Even more strong support came from those aged 68 or above, with 63.2 percent saying they would vote for the current president again.

Among those aged 30-49, the incumbent head of state enjoyed 51.2 percent support, and 47.2 percent among those aged 50-67, Vísir reports.

Support for author and presidential hopeful Andri Snær Magnason is the other way round, with 29.1 percent support from those aged 30-49 and 27.6 percent of the 50-67 year-olds saying they would vote for him. He enjoyed less support from the eldest and youngest respondents.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is ahead of Andri Snær Magnason in nearly all subcategorizations in the MMR poll, including by age group and by location. However, a larger proportion of the university educated would vote for Andri, as would a higher proportion of those who work as specialists.

Across the whole poll, Ólafur Ragnar enjoys the support of 52.6 percent of all respondents and Andri Snær Magnason is on 29.4 percent. Halla Tómasdóttir measured 8.8 percent support and all other candidates scored under two percent each.

A total of 953 people took part in the poll which was conducted between April 22 and 26. It is worth noting that the poll was more than half way through when news broke of the president’s possible family ties to an offshore company. It is therefore not clear whether that has affected his popularity in the lead up to the June 25 election.

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