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Majority of Icelanders want to quit EU membership bid: survey


09:41, November 22, 2012

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Most of Icelanders want to back out of the country's European Union (EU) membership bid, according to a report reaching here from Reykjavik on Wednesday.

According to a survey conducted by market research company Capacent Gallup, 53.5 percent of those surveyed chose not to support the bid any more, Icelandic online daily Ice News reported.

Only 36.4 percent thought that the country should continue with the accession negotiations with EU, while 9.9 percent were unsure about the issue, the survey showed.

Iceland applied to join EU in 2009 and by now the country has finished 10 of the 35 negotiating chapters with EU officials.

Iceland was faced with challenging issues in the bid concerning fisheries, agriculture and environment, European Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fule was quoted as saying by Ice News.

According to officials from Capacent Gallup, the survey was carried out from September to October this year and the company didn't publish a margin of error.

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