Huge support for incumbent PM

12.10.2021 - 15:22
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Katrín Jakobsdóttir is by far the public’s favourite choice to lead Iceland following the 25th September election to Alþingi. Opinion polls put her ahead among voters across the political spectrum before the election, and this popularity has increased significantly since, according to the latest Maskína poll.

A total of 57.6 percent of poll respondents want Katrín to remain as prime minister. She enjoys majority support from voters of all parties except Miðflokkurinn (the Centre Party) and Sósíalistaflokkurinn (the Socialist Party). The last poll, just before the election, showed 36 percent of respondents wanted Katrín as PM—still by far the most popular choice.

The second-most-popular choice to lead the next government is Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, the leader of Framsóknarflokkurinn (the Progressive Party), on 9.8 percent. 

Support for Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (the Independence Party), to be PM has dropped slightly between polls, to 7.6 percent—which is less than a third of his party’s vote share in the election. All other party leaders poll less than seven percent. 

Katrín more popular than own leaders 

Participants were also asked how they voted in September and it became clear that Katrín Jakobsdóttir has support from across the political spectrum. 

The most supportive, unsurprisingly, were voters for the party Katrín leads, Vinstri grænir (the Left Greens), on 98.5 percent. 

Meanwhile, 69 percent of Framsóknarflokkurinn voters want Katrín to be prime minister, and 28.5 percent support their own party leader, Sigurður Ingi. 

Similarly, 58 percent of Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn voters polled want Katrín to lead Iceland for another four years and 32.2 percent would rather see their own leader, Bjarni Benediktsson, take the role. 

Miðflokkurinn voters take a different tone, however, with 63.4 percent saying they would like their party leader, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, to return for a second stint as prime minister. 24.1 percent support Katrín.  

48 percent of Sósíalistaflokkurinn voters would like to see Píratar (the Pirates) MP Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsóttir lead the country, and 35.1 percent Katrín. 

Support for Katrín is spread quite evenly across age groups, but is lowest among 18-29-year-olds (53.8 percent) and highest among 50-59-year-olds (61.7 percent). Just under half of men polled support Katrín Jakobsdóttir, while two-out-of-three women want her to remain as PM. Her support is 46-48 percent among people with total household earnings under 500,000 krónur a month and 61 percent among those who earn over a million. 

Maskína conducted the poll online between 27th September and 7th October. 946 people took part. 

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