Dutch voters poised to reject Constitution

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31 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Following the French 'non', a resounding Dutch 'nee' against the EU Constitution appears inevitable when the nation votes in a referendum on Wednesday.

31 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Following the French 'non', a resounding Dutch 'nee' against the EU Constitution appears inevitable when the nation votes in a referendum on Wednesday.

Polls by TNS NIPO and Maurice de Hond late on Monday indicated the 'no camp' was 16 to 18 percent in front of the 'yes camp'.

However, a poll by Twee Vandaag showed a 40 percent gap between the two sides: 65 percent opposed and 25 percent in favour of the constitution.

That survey involved 17,000 people, 78 percent of whom said they were definitely going to vote in the referendum.

The Maurice de Hond poll showed an 18 percent gap between the camps. The survey also found supporters of the constitution are less certain of voting following the French result.

Instead of a 65 to 70 percent participation rate if the French had voted yes, De Hond said about 48 percent of voters will make it to a polling booth on Wednesday.

The TNS NIPO survey found that the French no vote scarcely influenced Dutch voters, 'RTL News' reported.

Of those people certain of voting, 42 percent will vote for the constitution, 1 percent higher than last week. Fifty-eight percent of people will vote no, compared with 59 percent last week.

The expected participation rate according to the TNS NIPO poll remains unchanged at about 50 percent.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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