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EMU Entry And EU Constitution

Published:25 February 2005
Fieldwork:10 - 15 Feb 2005
Source:Citigroup
Keywords:EMU, Euro, European Constitution, European Union, Referendums
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The latest MORI/Citigroup survey suggests support for the EU Constitution treaty is low in Great Britain. British views on the new EU Constitution still could be affected by persuasive arguments that it would be either good or bad for the country.

The project, part of regular surveys carried out for Citigroup Sterling Weekly, shows, one in five (21%) say they are generally in favour of Britain adopting the European constitution, but could be persuaded against if they thought it would be bad for Britain. More than a quarter (27%) are generally opposed to Britain adopting the European constitution, but could be persuaded in favour if they thought it would be good for Britain.

Fewer than one in 10 (eight per cent) strongly support the move and a quarter (25%) strongly oppose it.

The survey also shows most British people are still opposed to joining the single European currency. Three in five (55%) would vote against joining if there were a referendum and a quarter (30%) would vote for.

Technical details

MORI interviewed a representative quota sample of 2,103 adults aged 16+, face-to-face in their homes, from 10-15 February 2005, in 196 sampling points in Great Britain. Data have been weighted to the known profile of the British population.

Topline Results

Q1 If there were a referendum now on whether Britain should be part of a single European currency, how would you vote?

  %
In favour of a single currency 26
Against a single currency 57
Don't know 16
Refused *

Q2 If the Government were to strongly urge that Britain should be part of a single European currency, how would you vote?

  %
In favour of a single currency 30
Against a single currency 55
Don't know 15
Refused 1

Q3 Which of the following best describes your own view of Britain adopting the new European constitution?

  %
I strongly support Britain adopting the European constitution 10
I am generally in favour of Britain adopting the European constitution, but could be persuaded against if I thought it would be bad for Britain 21
I am generally opposed to Britain adopting the European constitution, but could be persuaded in favour if I thought it would be good for Britain 27
I strongly oppose Britain adopting the European Constitution 25
Don't know 15
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