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Support for Icelandic president continues to rise, just 3.8% view former history professor negatively

By Staff

  • Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and first lady Eliza Reed Former presidents Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who was president 1996-2016 and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir who was president 1980-1996 can be seen in the background. Guðni is the sixth president of Iceland Photo/GVA

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, former professor of history and current president of Iceland, continues to enjoy overwhelming support of voters. According to a poll conducted by the local polling firm MMR only 3.8% hold a negative view of the president, while 81.4% view him positively.

The two groups which record the highest negative views of the president are voters who are 68 years or older and those in the highest income brackets, although his support is overwhelming in these groups as well. Just 9% of those are 68 years or older are unhappy or very unhappy about the President, as are those whose family income is 9,600,000-12,000,000 ISK annually (84,000-105,000 USD/78,000-97,000 EUR). 

Virtuallu unanimous support
Guðni's popularity in MMR polls has been rising steadily since he assumed office on August 1 2016. The first poll taken after his inauguration showed 68.6% of voters were pleased with the president, while 6.4% were unhappy. Other polls have shown Guðni with even more striking popularity figures. A poll taken by the TV station Stöð 2 and newspaper Fréttablaðið, in December showed that a whopping 97% of respondents were pleased with the president.

Read more: 97% approve of history professor-turned president's first four months in office

Guðni has made a point of reducing the pomp and circumstance which characterized the presidency during the five terms of his predecessor, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. One of the first official acts of Guðni after inauguration was to participate in the 2016 Reykjavík Gay Pride, becoming the first president anywhere in the world to participate in Gay Pride festivities. He has also received praise for turning down a monthly pay increase of 5,300 USD. 


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