In a new survey conducted by Capacent for the accession campaign organization Stronger Iceland for the European Union, more than half of the respondents want to continue with accession negotiations, but a survey reported yesterday suggests the opposite.
European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Copyright: Icelandic Institute of Photography.
In an MMR poll for Andríkur, who opposes EU membership, 50.5 percent of respondents said they wanted to end membership talks, while 35.3 percent of respondents wanted to continue the talks and then vote on the agreement in a referendum.
On the other hand, in the Capacent survey for Stronger Iceland, 35.3 percent of respondents said they would like to end EU membership talks, while 53.1 percent would like them to continue. The news period reports.
The Capacent poll also indicated that 33 percent of Independence Party supporters would want to continue the talks, 20 percent of Progressive Party supporters, 70 percent of the Left-Greens and 99 percent of Social Democrat voters, 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 campaign group against the EU, said recent polls indicate that the majority of Icelanders want to end membership talks with the EU, adding that he finds the question in the Capacent survey leading.
Chairman of Stronger Iceland Jón Steindór Valdimarsson said he was pleased with the results of the Capacent survey. “I expected support to continue to decline in the light of the negative debate on the EU. Which, of course, is characterized by the difficulties the EU has been going through in recent months.
Capacent asked respondents: “Do you want to conclude EU accession negotiations and be able to vote on the agreement or end EU accession negotiations?
In about half of the respondents, the question was reversed, that is, people were first asked if they wanted to end negotiations with the EU.
A total of 811 respondents agreed to participate in the survey and almost 90 percent answered the question.
In a related news item, Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson, Iceland’s main negotiator in the EU negotiations, said that if all goes according to plan, it could be possible to complete membership negotiations in 2013. He discussed the progress of the negotiations at a meeting with the Icelandic League. trading this morning, mbl.is reports.
Click here to read more about the MMR survey and here to read more about the accession negotiations.