REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AFP)--One of two left-wing parties set to
form an interim government in crisis-hit Iceland Sunday has seen
its approval rating more than double since the 2007 elections, a
The Left Green party, which is scheduled Sunday afternoon to
create a minority government with the Social Democrats to replace
Prime Minister Geir Haarde's disgraced right-left coalition,
received support from 30 percent of Icelanders questioned by the
Capacent Gallup polling institute.
Broadcast on national radio late Saturday, the survey of 3,700
people showed support for the Left Greens was significantly higher
than the 13.5 percent of votes it garnered in 2007 general
elections, and up a percentage point from a poll last month.
Haarde's Independence Party - which along with the Social
Democrats made up the outgoing government that was forced to resign
on January 26 over Iceland's deep economic crisis - meanwhile saw
its approval rating shrink to just 24 percent, the poll showed.
That is a point lower than in the previous poll and only about a
third of the 71.9% approval rating it garnered in a survey a year
In the last elections, Haarde's party won 36.6% of the vote.
Thousands of Icelanders have lost their savings and jobs since
the once-booming financial sector crumbled in October. Many blame
Haarde for the crisis that forced Reykjavik to take control of the
major banks as the currency nosedived.
The Social Democrats, who are leaving Haarde's coalition to join
the Left Greens, have meanwhile also seen their support shrink to
just 22%, the new poll showed, down from 28% a month earlier.
In the 2007 elections they won 26.8% of votes.
The poll also indicated that only 26% of Icelanders support the
government exiting power today, down from 36% in the last
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