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Majority of Icelanders Want to Continue EU Talks

iceland-euflagThe majority of Icelanders, 65.4 percent, want to complete the membership negotiation process with the European Union and for the membership agreement to be voted on in a national referendum, up from 64.2 percent in a comparable survey by Fréttabladid daily in September.

Meanwhile, 34.6 percent of respondents want to withdraw the membership application, down from 35.8 percent in September, Fréttabladid reports.

In September, the Icelandic attitude towards the EU application already seemed to have changed considerably since a Media and Market Research (MMR) poll in June 2010 when 57.6 percent of respondents wanted to withdraw the application.

In Fréttabladid’s most recent poll, supporters of all political parties are keen on completing the negotiation process; only among supporters of the Independence Party do more people want to withdraw the application than complete the process, 50.9 percent compared to 49.1 percent.

Even among supporters of the Left-Green Movement, 67.2 percent want the EU talks to carry on, up by 3.6 percent since September, in spite of declarations to the contrary by the party’s leadership.

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