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Poll Shows Brighter Future for Bright Future

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Poll Shows Brighter Future for Bright Future

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

From Alþingi, the Icelandic Parliament. Photo: Páll Kjartansson.

A new poll, conducted October 3 and 4 by Fréttablaðið, Stöð 2 and Vísir, shows there appear to be swift changes in the support enjoyed by political parties in Iceland. In the poll, Bright Future receives 6.9 percent support, which is its highest in a poll by Fréttablaðið since March of 2015. The party was the only opposition party to vote against a controversial agricultural bill, which was passed into law recently with a poor attendance from members of other parties of the opposition. Bright Future MP Björt Ólafsdóttir stated the party’s MPs received a positive response from voters to their opposition to the bill, as well as support for their environmental protection policy.

Five percent voter support is needed for a party to be represented in parliament, so this kind of support would ensure the party representation. Parliamentary elections will take place in Iceland on October 29.

The Independence Party enjoys the greatest support of all parties, or 25.9 percent, while the Pirate Party comes in second with 19.2 percent. The Left-Green Movement receives 12.6 percent support in the poll; the Progressive Party gets 11.4 percent, the Social Democratic Alliance 8.8 percent, and the Reform Party 6.9 percent. Other parties trail with about 2 percent support or less.

The poll was conducted by contacting 1,258 people, randomly chosen, over the phone, until 801 could be reached. The response rate was, therefore, 63.7 percent. Altogether, 58.6 percent of respondents named the party they would vote for, while 12.7 percent were undecided. Almost nine percent did not plan to vote or said they would turn in a blank ballot, and close to 20 percent would not reveal their choice.

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