New Poll shows rising number of Basque Country residents want to remain in Spain

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THE number of Basque Country residents who do not want independence has risen to 37 per cent. Photo: Shutterstock

THE number of Basque Country residents who do not want independence has risen to 37 per cent.

A poll by the Basque Government revealed the number of people who do not wan’t independence has risen by four points, the highest it has been since records began in 1998.  Meanwhile, the number of separatist supporters has remained mainly stable at 22 per cent.

The survey, carried out over 3,149 interviews between September 25 and October 6, shows a marked decrease in support for an independent Basque Country compared to the last poll in May this year when only 33 per cent of people rejected the idea.

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The number of separatists rose only slightly in the past six months from 21 per cent to 22.  A further 29 per cent of respondents said they may or may not support independence, “according to the circumstances,” while 13 per cent of Basques would not say either way.

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