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Minister’s Attendance of Olympics in Beijing Disputed

Iceland’s Minister of Education Thorgerdur Katrín Gunnarsdóttir has been criticized by other MPs and members of the public lately for accepting an offer to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Bejing in August, considering the current situation in Tibet.

A new opinion poll by Fréttabladid daily shows that Gunnarsdóttir’s decision is backed by a slight majority of the public, 53.7 percent, while 46.3 percent of participants in the poll say they are against her attending the ceremony.

The minister enjoys the most support from her voters; almost 70 percent of Independence Party supporters back her decision, while she enjoys the least support from the voters of the Left Green Party on the other end of the political spectrum; almost 70 percent of Left Green supporters say they don’t agree with her decision.

Fréttabladid called 800 people on April 19 and asked whether a representative of the Icelandic government should attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Beijing and 83.8 percent answered the question.

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