High Percentage Of Icelanders Considering Leaving The Country - The Reykjavik Grapevine

High Percentage Of Icelanders Considering Leaving The Country

Published November 17, 2011

About 40% of Icelanders have said that they have recently considered leaving the country, for reasons that are hardly surprising. The demographic breakdown sheds more light on those parties interested.
The poll, conducted by Market and Media Research, shows that 39.8% of those surveyed have considered moving away from Iceland in recent months. 26.5% said their reasons are due to the economic situation, while 13.3% said there were other reasons. 60.1% have no intention of leaving Iceland.
Considerably more men than women (46.2% to 33.5%) have made the consideration, and in terms of age, those between 18 and 29 were far more likely to entertain the notion of leaving than older peole. Related to the high proportion of those choosing economic reasons, there is a visible trend showing lower income levels tending closer to considering leaving than those making more money.
By party affiliation, those Icelanders who have recently thought of leaving the country were most likely to belong to the Independence Party (41%), followed by the Progressives (33.4%), the Social Democrats (28.2%) and finally the Leftist-Greens (24.5%).

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