Poll finds people fed-up with politicians on both sides of Catalan showdown

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CITIZENS in Cataluña and the rest of Spain are equally fed up with the escalating war of words between politicians on the future of the region.
According to a survey for Spanish newspaper El Pais, 60 per cent of Catalans feel that it is now impossible for politicians in Barcelona and Madrid to find a compromise in the run-up to the September 27 regional election, which Catalan leader Artur Mas has declared will be a litmus test on independence. A significant majority for pro-independence parties will be enough for the region to make a unilateral declaration of independence, says the leader of the Convergence party.
People in Cataluña and across Spain feel that Mas and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who has refused to sanction a referendum on the question, have handled the situation badly.
However, the poll also found that 47 per cent of Catalans could see no downside to the region taking the step to independence, compared to 39 per cent who thought leaving Spain would be a negative move.
Fifty-four per cent said they would like to see Cataluña have greater devolved powers in a more federal Spain, although this approach has lower support nationally with only 34 per cent in favour.

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