French EU constitution vote neck and neck: poll

6th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 5 (AFP) - Supporters and opponents of the European Union's constitution in France are neck and neck ahead of a May 29 referendum on the treaty, a new opinion poll revealed on Thursday.

PARIS, May 5 (AFP) - Supporters and opponents of the European Union's constitution in France are neck and neck ahead of a May 29 referendum on the treaty, a new opinion poll revealed on Thursday.  

The poll by the Ifop agency published on the website of weekly Paris Match showed that if the referendum were held next Sunday, the result would be 50-50.  

The telephone poll was carried out on Tuesday on Wednesday - the day and day after a televised appeal by President Jacques Chirac to French voters to endorse the treaty, which is aimed at simplifying decision-making in the expanded 25-member EU.  

Some nine percent of the 873 people questioned did not say how they would vote, while 76 percent said they were sure of how they would vote and 24 percent said they could still change their mind.  

Compared to the last Ifop poll carried out on April 15, the number of people intending to vote 'no' and 'yes' had respectively dropped and increased by six points, from 56 percent and 44 percent.  

The poll comes after three recent opinion polls were published suggesting that French voters could approve the treaty, after a string of recent surveys had indicated a victory for the 'no' camp.  

All 25 EU member states must approve the constitutional treaty, either by popular referendum or parliamentary vote.   If such a heavyweight EU member as France rejects the constitution, many observers believe the treaty will be stopped in its tracks.

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