From Iceland — Half Of Icelanders Opposed to Artist Salaries

Half Of Icelanders Opposed to Artist Salaries

Published March 5, 2013

New information being released by Market and Media Research (MMR) reveals that more than half of all Icelanders are opposed to Alþingi paying artist salaries.
54.5% of respondents were opposed to artist salaries, while 45.5% supported such a program. In comparison to when this question was last posed, in March of 2010, the approval rating for state-funded artist salaries has increased by 6.9%.
Women are more favourable of the idea of artist salaries, with 51% expressing support, in comparison to just 40.7% of men who support the payments. Residents of the capital area are also far more likely to support artist salaries (51.4%) in comparison to those who reside in the countryside (35.2% in favour).
Along political lines, respondents who affiliated themselves with the Left-Green Movement were, by far, the greatest group in support of funding artists, with 83.7% claiming to support the payments. Those who affiliate themselves with the Independence Party are the most opposed to the government supporting artists, with 73.5% of Independence Party supporters polled being against funding artists.

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