New French poll rejects EU treaty

3rd April 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 2 (AFP) - Fifty-five percent of the French electorate will vote against the proposed new EU constitution in a May 29 referendum, according to a new poll published Saturday, the sixth consecutive one to predict the "no" vote would win the day.

PARIS, April 2 (AFP) - Fifty-five percent of the French electorate will vote against the proposed new EU constitution in a May 29 referendum, according to a new poll published Saturday, the sixth consecutive one to predict the "no" vote would win the day.

The opinion poll, carried out by Ifop for Sunday newspaper le Journal du Dimanche, showed only 45 percent would vote "yes" to the constitution.

The pollsters interviewed 868 people on the electoral list by telephone. Ifop conducted a poll March 24 for the magazine Paris Match that gave 53 percent "no" and 47 percent "yes".

The new poll represents an advance of two percentage points in just one week for the 'no' camp, and was carried out on Thursday and Friday just as the "yes" camp began to step up their campaign.

The string of opinion polls has rattled the yes camp, with Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin joining the campaign last Wednesday.

The constitution is meant to streamline decision-making in the expanding bloc by creating posts of president and foreign-minister and adapting voting procedures.

However it must first be approved by all 25 members, and a rejection in so large a country as France would be an unprecedented setback.

Four prior polls, two from CSA, issued on March 17 and 25 and two Ipsos polls issued March 20 and 28 have all given the "no" vote a steadily rising majority that began with 51 percent.

According to the new poll by Ifop 63 percent of those questioned said they were sure of their choice (62 percent in the "yes" camp and 64 in the "no") against 37 percent who said they may yet change their minds.

© AFP

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