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Independence Party Tops Poll

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Independence Party Tops Poll

Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson speaking at the Independence Party general meeting in 2013.

Independence Party leader, Bjarni Benediktsson. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The Independence Party has come top in the latest opinion poll in Iceland, with roughly 31 percent support.

The Pirates, who had a large lead in the polls until a couple of months ago, are just behind on 30 percent—though the difference between support for the two parties is not statistically significant.

The Left Green Movement is enjoying a strong upturn in support, polling at nearly 20 percent, RÚV reported.

The embattled Social Democrats and ruling Progressive Party had 7.4 and 6.5 percent support respectively in the Fréttablaðið poll. Bright Future was on 3.1 percent.

If the poll figures proved accurate at the next election, scheduled for this autumn, the Independence Party would gain one seat in parliament and have 21 MPs overall. The Pirates would go from three to 20 MPs. The Left Greens would end up with 13, the Social Democrats with five, and the Progressive Party with four members.

Bright Future would not secure a seat at all, as the threshold is five percent of the vote.

The poll involved phone calls to 1,019 individuals, 799 of whom took part. Around a third of respondents chose not to pick a side, while 516 people did so.

The Progressive Party continues to suffer from the fallout from the Panama Papers offshore tax havens scandal, which saw the resignation of the former prime minister.

While two Independence Party ministers, including the party leader, were also named in the Panama leak, support for the right-of-center party appears to be strengthening.

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