Only One Third of Icelanders Want to Join EU - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Only One Third of Icelanders Want to Join EU

Published March 1, 2010

Only one third of Icelanders say they are in favor of joining the European Union, according to the results of a recent Capacent poll.
Of those surveyed, 60% said they were against the idea of Iceland joining the EU, while 33.3% said they were in favor. 60% of those who responded also said they had little or no trust in the government’s ability to stand up for Iceland’s interests in any negotiations with the European Union.
The poll, conducted by Capacent on behalf of The Farmers Associaton of Iceland, also showed that 37.7% believe that agriculture has some or great influence on their position with regards to joining the EU.
Iceland applied for EU membership last July. While talks have been generally positive, the Icesave debacle could complicate the application process.


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