More people are in favour of Iceland joining the European Union than opposed, according to a new survey conducted by Maskína, RÚV reports. The result is consistent with another survey conducted by Gallup last year.
Surveyed attitudes since 2011
More people are in favour of Iceland joining the European Union than against, according to a new survey that Maskína – a research company based in Reykjavík – conducted for Evrópuhreyfingin (i.e. the European Movement), RÚV reports. A total of 40.8% of respondents stated that they were in favour of membership, while 35.9% stated that they were against it. More than a fifth of the respondents were undecided.
This is the first time that a survey conducted by Maskína – which began measuring the nation’s attitude towards EU membership in 2011 – in which a greater number of respondents stated that they supported rather than opposed membership to the EU.
The survey was conducted between February 3 and February 7, and there were 1,036 respondents. The survey was submitted to participants via Maskína’s Þjóðgátt (i.e. national portal), which randomly selects respondents from the National Register.
As noted by RÚV, Gallup also surveyed the nation’s attitude towards EU membership in March of last year, shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In that survey, the number of proponents also outnumbered opponents. The difference then was even more decisive than that of the latest Maskína survey.