Majority Opposed to Joining EU

13.2.2013
Words by Catharine Fulton
A new report released today by Market and Media Research (MMR) shows that just 24.2% of Icelanders are in favour of joining the EU, a slight dip from 25% positive respondents when the same question was asked last month (15-20 January). This means that 63.3% of Icelanders are opposed to the country joining the EU, according to MMR.

Gender, age and political leaning has a bearing on one’s feelings toward the EU, with more men (28.5%) in favour of joining than women (19.2%) and older people being more open to the prospect of joining the EU than younger Icelanders. 33.2% of those aged 50-67 were pro-EU, compared to just 23.2% of 30-49-year-olds and 15.6% of 18-29-year-olds. Residents of the capital area were also more favourable of the EU, as were those asked who report higher incomes, with the exception of those in the highest tax bracked, earning in excess of 800 thousand ISK monthly.

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