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Three out of Four Want Separation of State and Church

By Iceland Review

Approximately 61 percent of respondents in a recent Capacent Gallup opinion poll want the separation of state and church in Iceland while 22 percent of respondents oppose it; 17 percent of respondents say they neither support nor oppose it.


Bishop of Iceland Karl Sigurbjörnsson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

There is significant difference of opinion between age groups; older people rather oppose the separation of state and church while younger people tend to support it. Residents of the capital region support separation more often than other residents in Iceland, reports.

Satisfaction with the work of Bishop Karl Sigurbjörnsson has collapsed, currently measuring 24 percent. In an earlier poll, 62 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with his work. Now 43 percent of respondents are dissatisfied with the bishop.

Trust in the National Church is also dwindling; 38 percent of respondents said they have faith in the church while approximately 30 percent say they have little faith in it.

Ten years ago, trust in the National Church measured 60 percent. It gradually decreased to 50 percent and last year it had dropped to 41 percent.

A number of people have deregistered from the State Church recently. Of those who are currently registered, one out of every three have considered deregistering.

Click here to read more about the National Church of Iceland and here to read about a recently uncovered scandal related to the church.

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