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New Poll: Majority Will Reject Icesave Legislation

According to a new survey by Fréttabladid daily, 60 percent of respondents intend to reject the Icesave legislation on a state guarantee on the loans from the UK and the Netherlands, passed by the Icelandic parliament on December 30 and vetoed by the president on January 5, in the upcoming referendum.

There is considerable difference in the position of the public in the three polls that were undertaken on the Icesave legislation last week, Fréttabladid reports.

Professor in political science Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson said these variable results indicate that people don’t have fixed opinions yet and therefore the public opinion swings from day to day.

Kristinsson said it is difficult to familiarize oneself with all the aspects of the Icesave debate. He hopes that people will be able to make up their minds in the days preceding the referendum, otherwise reconciliation on Icesave isn’t likely.

Fréttabladid contacted 1,100 people on January 7 and 60 percent of those contacted responded to the question on which way they would vote in the referendum.

The Icelandic parliament passed a legislation on the Icesave referendum on Friday evening, which will take place no later than March 6. Parliament will reconvene on January 29, reports.

According to Morgunbladid, preparations for the referendum include the publication of information on the Icesave bill by an independent party.

Click here to read more about Icesave.

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