Never since the Federation of Icelandic Industries (SI) began surveying the attitude of Icelanders towards the European Union in 2000 have more respondents declared that they are against membership for Iceland.
The EU Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
The latest poll undertaken by Capacent on behalf of SI reveals that 50 percent of respondents oppose EU membership, 33 percent approve of it and 17 percent are neither for nor against. Last year, nearly 50 percent of respondents wanted Iceland to join the EU, Morgunbladid reports.
Political scientist Baldur Thórhallsson believes that this conclusion can be explained with the behavior of Iceland’s allied nations, for example in regard to the Icesave case. “None of our closest allies were on our side; they all sided with Dutch and British authorities. Overall, I think this may have caused the nation lose faith in international cooperation.”
Capacent also asked how respondents would vote if EU membership was up in a referendum today: 61.5 percent said they would probably or definitely vote against membership and 38.5 percent said they would probably or definitely vote in favor of it.
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