|Other Iceland-EU Survey Indicates Opposite Results|
|Written by Iceland Review|
|Friday, 18 November 2011 11:30|
In a new survey conducted by Capacent for the pro-European Union membership campaign group Sterkara Ísland more than half of respondents want to continue with membership talks, whereas a survey reported on yesterday indicates the opposite.
The Euro Central Bank in Frankfurt. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
In MMR’s survey for Andríki, which opposes EU membership, 50.5 percent of respondents said they wanted to discontinue membership talks while 35.3 percent of respondents wanted to continue with the talks and then vote on the agreement in a national referendum.
However, in the Capacent survey for Sterkara Ísland, 35.3 percent of respondents said they want to terminate EU-accession talks, while 53.1 percent want them to continue, Fréttatíminn reports.
The Capacent survey also indicated that 33 percent of supporters of the Independence Party would like to continue with the talks, 20 percent of Progressive Party supporters, 70 percent of the Left-Green voters and 99 percent of voters of the Social Democrats, which is the only party unanimous in its support for EU talks and membership.
Ásmundur Einar Daðason, MP for the Progressive Party and chairman of Heimsýn, another anti-EU campaign group, said recent surveys indicate that the majority of Icelanders want to terminate membership talks with the EU, adding that he finds the question in the Capacent poll leading.
Chairman of Sterkara Ísland Jón Steindór Valdimarsson said he is pleased with the Capacent poll’s results. “I expected support had continued to decrease in light of negative discussions about the EU. Which is of course marked by the difficulties the EU has been going through in recent months.”
Capacent asked respondents: “Would you like to complete EU accession talks and be able to vote on the agreement or terminate membership talks with the EU?”
In the case of approximately half of respondents the question was reversed, that is, people were first asked whether they would like to terminate EU talks.
A total of 811 of those contacted agreed to participate in the survey and almost 90 percent responded to the question.
In related news, Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, chief negotiator for Iceland in the EU talks, said if everything goes according to plan, it may be possible to conclude accession talks in 2013. He discussed the progress of the talks at a meeting with the Iceland Chamber of Commerce this morning, mbl.is reports.
|Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 16:25|