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Sixty Percent of Icelanders Support Fin Whaling

Close to 60 percent of respondents to a new survey are rather or strongly in favor of the hunting of fin whales.

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The survey, conducted by Stöd 2 and Fréttablaðið from June 26-27, asked 802 people on their attitude towards fin whaling.

Around 9 percent of respondents were rather or strongly against the practice while 24 percent said they were neutral.

Attitudes varied depending on whether respondents lived in the city or countryside: around 21 percent of respondents living in the city reported that they were against fin whaling compared to 13 percent of those interviewed in the countryside.

There was little difference in support when age was considered with 54 percent of 18 to 49 year-olds supporting fin whaling compared to 61 percent of respondents over the age of 50.

Supporters of the coalition government parties, the Progressive Party and the Independence Party, showed the most support, or 72 and 73 percent, respectively.

Supporters of the Social Democratic Alliance were split with 39 percent for and 32 percent against. Results of respondents who said they supported the Left-Green Movement were similar: 40 percent for and 36 percent against.


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