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Latest poll shows strong support for Pirate Party

A recent poll has shown the Iceland’s Pirate Party remains popular in the country, with 35 per cent of people behind them.

The Market and Media Research (MMR) poll showed that the Pirates, who won their first seats in Parliament following the 2013 elections after receiving 5.1 per cent of the vote, have maintained strong support in the North Atlantic nation after enjoying a positive year to date.

The support for the country’s coalition government, which comprises the Independence Party and the Progressive Party, remains low, with just 33.2 per cent of the nation behind them, according to the recent figures. Although that is only slightly below the support the Pirate Party now has, the coalition was voted into power with 51.1 per cent of the votes two years ago.

The Progressive Party, led by Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, has just 12.2 per cent of the nation’s support, falling from the 24.4 per cent it recorded during the 2013 elections.

The Independence Party, which has been the country’s largest party for decades, has seen its support drop marginally, from 26.7 per cent in 2013 to 23.1 per cent.

The Left Greens, meanwhile, has seen its support remain fairly consistent, with 10.2 per cent of the nation behind them in comparison to 10.9 per cent in 2013. The Social Democratic Alliance fell from 12.9 per cent to 9.6 per cent, while the Bright Future party dropped from 8.2 per cent to 4.4 per cent.