Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Poll Reveals Reasons for French and Dutch "No"

The EUobserver has an article which refers to two polled surveys concerning why the French and Dutch voters voted No to the EU Constitution.

As we suspected, the actual reasons for the "no" vote had less to do with the EU Constitution or its provisions per se and more to do with reasons one could classify as fears having little to do with whether the EU Constitution was ratified or not:

In the Netherlands here were the reasons given for the "no" vote of "no" voters:
32% Lack of information
19% Loss of national sovereignty
14% Opposes the national government / certain political parties
13% Europe is too expensive
8% I am against Europe / European construction / European integration
7% It will have negative effects on the employment situation in the Netherlands/ relocation of Dutch enterprises/loss of jobs
6% I do not see what is positive in this text
6% The draft goes too far/ advances too quickly
6% Too technocratic / juridical/ too muchregulation
6% Opposition to further enlargemen t
5% Not democratic enough
5% Too complex
5% Economically speaking, the draft is too liberal
5% The economic situation in the Netherlands is too weak/there is too much unemployment in the Netherlands
5% I do not want a European political union/ a European federal State/ the « United States » of Europe
5% Europe is evolving too fast
5% The "Yes"campaign was not convincing enough
5% This constitution is imposed on us

66% thought that a "no" vote would mean renegotiation of the constitution to better defend the interests of the Netherlands

In France

31% voted no because of the fear that the EU Constitution would have a negative effect on employment
26% voted no because they felt that the economic situation in France was bad
62% thought that the "no" vote would mean the constitution would be renegotiated to be more social.

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