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More than Half of Icelanders Opposed to Joining the EU

An MMR poll conducted May 6-9 reveals that the majority of Icelanders, or 51.4 percent, are opposed to joining the European Union, while 27.1 percent would like Iceland to join. Those who didn’t take sides for or against were 21.5 percent.

Opposition to joining the union is the strongest outside the capital area (63.4 percent), among older voters (71.2 percent of those 68 and older) and supporters of the government (82.4 percent). A higher percentage of women oppose joining the EU than men, or 55.4 percent compared with 48 percent of men.

Attitudes toward joining the EU have changed little in the past two years. There is, however, stronger opposition toward joining the EU than there was in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, between 60 and 65 percent of voters were opposed to joining the EU, while about 20 percent were for it.

There were 947 participants in the new poll, all of them 18 and older.

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