EU Accession Support On The Rise - The Reykjavik Grapevine

EU Accession Support On The Rise

Published January 24, 2014

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A new poll shows that nearly a third of Icelanders now favour the country’s accession into the European Union.
The poll, conducted by Market and Media Research, shows that over the past year, support for joining the EU has risen from 25% in January 2013 to 32.3% today. During the same period, EU opposition decreased from 62.7% to 50%.
By demographical break-down, support for joining the EU was higher amongst those living in the capital area (38.1%) than those living in the countryside (22.7%). Also, the higher someone’s income was, the more likely they were to support accession.
Few surprises came up where party affiliation was concerned: Social Democrat voters were overwhelmingly in favour of accession (83%) whilst Progressive voters were the least in favour (9.2%).
Accession talks with the European Union are currently on ice, and both parties of the ruling coalition – the Progressives and the Independence Party
– are opposed to Iceland joining the EU.

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