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47.7% of Catalans would vote for independence, highest figure since 2014

47.7% of Catalans would vote for independence while 42.4% would opt to keep the current status quo. This is the first time that ‘yes’ surpasses ‘no’ since 2014, when the 9-N symbolic vote on independence was held. Moreover, the percentage of those who don’t support Catalonia’s independence has dropped by 5 points, in comparison to the last poll released by the Centre of Opinion Studies (CEO), in March 2016. The survey, run by the Government, also showed that governing cross-party list, pro-independence ‘Junts Pel Sí’ would win the elections again, if they were called in the coming weeks, obtaining between 60 and 62 MPs in the Parliament; currently they hold 62 seats. Alternative left alliance ‘Catalunya Sí que es Pot’ would come second, nearly doubling the number of seats they got in the 27-S Catalan Elections. 

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22 July 2016 02:54 PM

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ACN

Barcelona (CNA).- According to an opinion poll released this Friday by the Centre of Opinion Studies (CEO), run by the Catalan Government, 47.7% of Catalans would vote for independence. For the first time since the 9-N symbolic vote on independence, held in 2014, the number of pro-independence supporters surpasses that of those who would oppose independence. Thus, those who bid for Catalonia to continue within Spain are now 42.4%, 5 points less than in the last poll, released in March 2016. The CEO survey also asked about voting intentions if new elections were called in the coming weeks. Figures show that governing cross-party list, pro-independence ‘Junts Pel Sí’ would win again, obtaining between 60 and 62 MPs in the Parliament; currently they hold 62 seats. Alternative left alliance ‘Catalunya Sí que es Pot’ would come second, replacing Spanish Unionist ‘Ciutadans’. 

 


All the polls released by CEO after the 9-N symbolic consultation showed greater support for keeping the ‘status quo’ rather than backing Catalonia’s independence. However, the last survey, published in March 2016, already registered a change in the trend and showed a technical tail, since 45.3% of Catalans were pro-independence while 45.4% were against. This time the ‘yes’ to independence has increased to 47.7% while the ‘no’ has dropped to 42.4%. However, the CEO also indicated that 8.3% are undecided while 1.7% refused to answer.

According to CEO’s director, Jordi Argelaguet, the main reason behind the increase in pro-independence support comes from ‘Catalunya Sí que es Pot’ voters. Thus, while in March 20.3% of this electorate backed independence now it has increased to 30.5%. However, 55% of ‘Catalunya Sí que es Pot’ voters still prefer keeping the status quo.

Regarding the other political forces in the Parliament, the highest percentage of pro-independence supporters is found amongst ‘Junts Pel Sí’s electorate (90.4%), followed by CUP voters (89.3%). At the other end are the Conservative People’s Party, with only 3.08% of voters supporting Catalonia’s independence, Spanish Unionist ‘Ciutadans’ (3.5%) and the Catalan Socialist Party (7.8%).  

The survey also asks what kind of relationship Catalans would prefer to have with Spain. 41.6% would opt for an independent country, 3 points higher than the figure registered in March 2016. 20.09% would opt for a reformed federal Spain and 26.5% support the current status quo and would prefer for Catalonia to be an autonomous community within Spain.

‘Junts Pel Sí’ would revalidate their victory

The CEO survey also asked about voting intentions if new elections were called in the coming weeks. Figures show that governing cross-party list, pro-independence ‘Junts Pel Sï’ would win again, obtaining between 60 and 62 MPs in the Parliament; currently they hold 62 seats. Alternative left alliance ‘Catalunya Sí que es Pot’ would come second, nearly doubling the seats they got in the 27-S Catalan Elections and securing between 20 and 22 seats in the Parliament.  

‘Ciutadans’, which is now the second force in the Catalan Chamber, would lose support and obtain between 18 and 21 MPs, much fewer than the 25 they currently have.

The Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) and the Conservative People’s Party (PP) would obtain similar results, 16 MPs for the former and 11 for the latter. Pro-independence radical left CUP could lose between 2 to 4 seats and fall to 6 to 8 MPs in comparison to the 10 representatives they currently have in the Chamber.

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