Most Icelanders Against Strip Clubs - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Most Icelanders Against Strip Clubs

Published April 14, 2009

A new poll shows the majority of Icelanders want to see strip clubs featuring full nudity to be banned.
The poll, conducted by the newspaper Fréttablaðið, showed 58% of respondents saying that they would support legislation that outlawed full nudity strip clubs. Taken by gender, 73.8% of women and 42.7% of men said they would support such a ban. Desire for a ban, when broken down by party affiliation, also showed clear differences of opinion: 70% of those who said they vote Social Democrat or Leftist-Green support a ban, as do 56% of Progressives, while only 36% of Conservatives supported the idea.
Strip clubs in Iceland have been experiencing a great decline in the past ten years, with many of the ones open at that time no longer in existence. Legistlation has also banned private dances in these establishments, and interviews with former employees have not painted the best picture of working conditions there, either.

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