The majority of Icelanders intend to use artificial Christmas trees in lieu of real ones, RÚV reports.
A new survey conducted by MMR shows that 55% of Icelanders will be using artificial trees this year, versus 32% who will purchase a real tree for the holiday. Fourteen percent of those surveyed did not intend to purchase a Christmas tree of any kind. The national preference for artificial trees is not a new fad, either: these figures are very similar to those from last year.
The survey showed that people aged 30-49 were more likely to put up a Christmas tree than people in other age groups. In fact, 89% of people in this demographic will be putting up a Christmas tree this year.
The survey went one step further, providing a breakdown of Christmas tree preferences according to political party support. The findings show, for instance, that 90% of Social Democrats will put up a Christmas tree this year, versus only 22% of Pirate Party supporters.
Supporters of the People’s Party are the most likely to put up artificial trees (72%), followed by supporters of the Centre Party (64%). According to a similar survey conducted last year, these two parties were the also the biggest artificial tree enthusiasts in 2017.
The survey was conducted from December 5 to 11, with 975 respondents aged 18 and older.