Artificial Christmas trees are more popular among Icelanders than natural ones. A new MMR poll, published Tuesday, shows that 86 percent of Icelanders plan to decorate their homes with a Christmas tree this holiday season. Fifty-four percent opt for an artificial tree, while 32 percent choose a natural one.
Residents of the capital area are likelier than others to use a natural tree. Thirty-six percent of them plan to decorate with a natural tree, compared with 26 percent of residents outside the capital area. Since 2010, the number of those using a natural tree has gone down by about nine percent. During the same period, the use of artificial trees is up by 4.5 percent.
Since 2010, the number of those who plan to spend Christmas without a tree is up by about 5 percent. Supporters of the Pirate Party are likelier than others not to decorate with a Christmas tree, or 26 percent of them. Supporters of the Progressive Party are the likeliest to decorate with an artificial tree, or 72 percent of them, while supporters of the Social Democratic Alliance favor a natural one more than others, or 51 percent of them.
The number of respondents, all 18 and older, was 924. The poll was conducted December 9-14.
Let’s not forget than one Icelander decorates his home with a Christmas beer tree. He was not part of the poll.