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Almost Two Thirds of Icelanders Want to Finish EU Application Process

A new poll indicates that a big majority of Icelanders want to finish the application process to the EU. A poll taken by Fréttabladid and TV Station 2 shows that 63.4 percent of those taking a stand want to finish the process while 36.6 percent want to withdraw the application.

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The result is approximately the same as in the latest poll by Fréttabladid in January 2011 when 65 percent wanted to continue the application process. Support for continuing the process is stronger in the capital region or 68.5 percent compared with 52.3 percent in the rest of the country. About 67 percent of men wanted to finish the talks compared to 59 percent of women.

Opinion is very divided by political parties. Support is strongest among followers of the Social Democratic Alliance, 96 percent in favor. 52 percent of supporters of the Left Green coalition partner want to finish, despite opposition from Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and party member, Jón Bjarnason, who has single handedly dragged the negotiations to a halt.

The opposition Independence party (conservatives) has been very much opposed to the application and voted on its national convention to withdraw the application. A slim majority, 51 percent of the supporters, agrees that the application should be withdrawn. Almost a half want to continue and hold a national referendum in the end.

The poll was taken on September 8 and the question asked was: Which would you rather choose: 1) Withdrawing the application for membership in EU or 2) Finish the application discussions and hold a national referendum on the membership treaty?

About 800 people participated in this national poll. Only 12.5 percent were undecided on this question.

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BJ

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