News Update

Baldur Þórhallsson Takes the Lead in Iceland’s Presidential Race, Latest Polls Show

Baldur Þórhallsson, a renowned professor and a rising star in Icelandic politics, has edged ahead in the race for the presidency, according to the latest polls from Prósents commissioned by Morgunblaðið. With a support rate of 27.2%, Þórhallsson leads former Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, who trails closely with 23.8%.

This shift comes amidst a highly competitive and closely watched electoral season, highlighting Þórhallsson’s growing influence and the shifting dynamics within Icelandic politics. Baldur Þórhallsson’s campaign, characterized by a focus on academic rigour and a solid policy-first approach, resonates with voters seeking a fresh perspective on the presidency.

The current data places Þórhallsson at the forefront in two recent Prósents surveys, demonstrating a potential change in voter sentiment as the election approaches. Conversely, Jakobsdóttir, who has previously held a slight advantage in polls by Gallup and Maskína, is now facing a robust challenge from her academic contender.

Further complicating the race is the surge of Hulda Hrund Logadóttir, another candidate who has recently overtaken Jón Gnarr, the former mayor of Reykjavik and a popular public figure. Logadóttir now holds third place with 18% of the projected vote, compared to Gnarr’s 17.2%.

Political analysts suggest that Þórhallsson’s lead may reflect Icelanders’ growing desire for leadership combining academic expertise with pragmatic governance. His campaign has emphasized innovative approaches to Iceland’s pressing issues, including economic stability, environmental sustainability, and education reform.

As the countdown to election day continues, the focus remains on how these top candidates will solidify their positions. With Katrín Jakobsdóttir not far behind and the potential for shifts in voter allegiance, the coming weeks are crucial for all candidates.

The Icelandic presidential race is set against global attention on small nations managing significant geopolitical and environmental challenges. How this election’s outcome will impact Iceland’s policy direction is being watched closely at home and internationally.

This is based on a report done by and other media in Iceland.