Only 47 percent would vote 'yes' on constitution

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21 April 2005, BERLIN - Germans are not being given a chance to vote on the European Union's proposed constitution - but if they were only 47 percent would currently vote 'yes', a poll showed on Wednesday.

21 April 2005

BERLIN - Germans are not being given a chance to vote on the European Union's proposed constitution - but if they were only 47 percent would currently vote 'yes', a poll showed on Wednesday.

Some 20 percent of those polled by the German Council on Foreign Relations would vote against the constitution and 33 percent are undecided, the poll revealed.

A total of 47 percent said they would vote in favour of the treaty.

The German government's PR machine and the media seem to have done a poor job of explaining the constitution to the public. A surprising 58 percent complained that they were "badly informed" over its content and goals.

There will be no referendum in Germany for the constitution with voting taking place in both chambers of parliament next month where it is almost sure to pass with a big majority.

Germany has little experience with referendums and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder rejected calls for a popular vote on the European Union constitution.

Leaders who agreed to referendums, such as French president Jacques Chirac, may now wish they hadn't.

France is battling growing opposition to the constitution in the run-up to a crucial and binding treaty referendum on 29 May, with repeated opinion polls showing a majority plans to vote 'no'.

All 25 EU member states must approve the constitution in order for it to come into force.

The German Council on Foreign Relations poll, conducted for its in-house magazine Internationale Politik, surveyed 1,002 people and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

DPA

Subject: German news

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