Iceland’s Pirate Party Rising To Power

Iceland’s Pirate Party would be the dominant party in the country’s parliament if elections were held today, according to a poll released Friday.

The survey, conducted by 365 Media, shows the Pirate Party has held a commanding position for the past year at 38.1-percent. This means that, were the election held today, the party would go from its current three seats to 26 seats.

Seats in Iceland's parliament according to new poll.

Seats in Iceland’s parliament according to new poll.

The current ruling center-right coalition has fallen, according to the survey. While the Independence Party holds about steady at 27.6-percent, its partner, the Progressives, have seen support cut in half from 24.4-percent to 12.8-percent.

“I think that given the recent, every percent we receive upwards is a good thing,” Independence Party chairwoman Ragnheiður Ríkharðsdóttir said.

Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, MP from the Pirate Party, expressed shock at the latest poll.

“I just do not know. I do not judge it,” he said.

If elections were held today, no majority coalition could be formed without the Pirate Party, notes the Iceland Grapevine.

Other opposition parties have also fallen, seeing their support go to the Pirates. The Social Democrats and the Left-Greens both poll at about 8-percent, giving them each five seats, down from the nine and seven seats they each respectively hold. Bright Future, who currently has 6 seats, would be kicked out of parliament, as only 1.8-percent said they intend to vote for them.