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More than half of Slovaks unable to judge EU constitution

MORE than half (51 percent) of Slovaks are not able to judge the advantages and disadvantages of the controversial European constitutional treaty. That is according to a poll carried out by RCA Research between May 10 and May 14 on a sample of 500 respondents, the TASR news wire reported

Nearly a third of Slovaks consider the treaty an asset while 17 percent consider it disadvantageous.

Almost 54 percent of those questioned think that there should have been a referendum on the treaty in Slovakia. More than one in four Slovaks approve of parliament passing the treaty while 20 percent have no opinion on the matter.

The poll also asked people to evaluate Slovakia's EU membership. The lion's share of respondents (40 percent) think that EU membership has been beneficial for Slovakia, while 37.6 percent think EU membership has neither been an asset nor a loss. On the negative side, 7.6 percent think Slovakia's EU membership has not benefited the country.

Fifteen percent were not willing to express an opinion either way.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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