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Sunday, 28 october 2012 | Reuters


Recommended: "Catalans want referendum on independence - poll" (Reuters)

(We recommend the article "Catalans want referendum on independence - poll" published in Reuters)

An overwhelming majority in the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia want a referendum on independence, an opinion poll showed on Sunday, highlighting increasing dissatisfaction with Spain's central government as it struggles with economic crisis.

Although a referendum has been rejected by Madrid, which says it would be against the constitution, the poll published by La Vanguardia newspaper also showed a majority in favor of independence in Catalonia, one of Spain's richer regions.

With Catalans arguing they are unfairly treated by the central government and could better manage their finances on their own, the poll showed 81.5 percent wanted a referendum.

Fifty-three percent said they would vote in favor of independence, while 35 percent would vote against.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reiterated on Saturday that a referendum could not be held as it would run counter to the constitution, introduced in 1978 to underpin Spain's transition to democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco.

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