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71 Percent Support Separation of Church and State

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71 Percent Support Separation of Church and State

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Supporters of the Pirate Party and Bright Future are most likely to be in favor of the separation of church and state in Iceland, according to the latest pulse of the nation poll by Gallup. Independence Party voters are least likely to be in favor, with 62 percent of respondents saying they would not like to see the National Church of Iceland become entirely separate from the Icelandic State.

Those who support the coalition government are generally less likely to support the separation of church and state than those who do not support the government, RÚV reports.

Overall, the poll responses indicate that almost 71 percent of people who answered the question would be in favor of the separation and Gallup explains that the figure is higher now than when it asked the same question roughly a year ago, but similar to in the next four polls before that.

Young people are more likely to be in favor than older people, as are residents of the capital over residents of the countryside.

37 percent of the nation polled trust the National Church of Iceland a great deal, according to the Gallup poll, while 31 percent of people trust it very little. A similar proportion say they neither trust nor distrust the church.

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