From Iceland — More Against Than Supporting Construction At Protected Lava Field

More Against Than Supporting Construction At Protected Lava Field

Published October 29, 2013

A new poll reveals that more respondents are opposed to the planned construction of a road through the Gálgahraun lava field than support it.
According to the poll, conducted by Market and Media Research, 42.4% said they were opposed to the building of the proposed road, while only 25.1% supported it. 32.6% said they had no opinion on the matter one way or the other.
In terms of demographics, women were more likely to be against the road than men, at 47.8% and 37.5% opposed, respectively. Those living in the capital area were more opposed (48.5%) than those living in the countryside (32%) as well.
The issue also appears to touch on the political affiliations of respondents: of those who support the current conservative government, 44.6% support the building of the road while 17.2% were against it. By contrast, those who do not support the ruling coalition were overwhelmingly against the road, at 63.9%, with only 10.8% of them supporting it.
The proposed road, Álftanesvegur, is planned to be built through Gálgahraun, a lava field that was publicly protected in 2009. Opposition has taken the form of direct action, with protesters blocking the machines and, in some cases, sabotaging construction machinery.

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