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(sup) (en) Spain: massive rejection of war

From "Chris R" <christopher@nodo50.org>
Date Mon, 31 Mar 2003 16:20:59 +0200 (CEST)

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"No nos representan, no, no!" (They don't represent us, no, no!) in
reference to the government is one of the most frequently heard chants in
the antiwar protests in Spain. This new slogan has been backed up by the
recent opinion polls which indicate that:

*92.4% of Spaniards oppose the war against Iraq, against only 5.1% who
support it.

*78.1% think the war is illegal, while 10.0% think it is legal.

*5.7% think the war is fair, versus 88.1% who call it unfair.

*The real motives behind the war are considered to be petroleum (44.0%),
economic interests (31.1%), domination of Iraq (10.8%), war against
international terrorism (5.4%), unseat Husein (4.3%), unarm Iraq (4.0%),
control the Middle East (2.2%), and liberate Iraq (2.1%).

*25.4% think that Husein poses a real threat to the rest of the world, while
64.8% disagree.

*7.3% think that the war will solve the problem of international terrorism,
and 85.9% think it won't.

*55.7% think that because of this war Spain will be more exposed to Islamic
terrorism, opposed to 2.3% who think it will be less exposed, and 32.9% who
think the situation will remain the same.

*5.4% favour a continuation of the US/UK/Spanish coalition against 77.2% who
prefer the previous situation (European Union).

*64.8% think the popular protests were spontaneous, while 21.3% think they
were initiated.

*The police response to the protests was considered: disproportionate
(59.9%), adequate (19.7%) and proportionate (5.8%).

*Disenchantment with political parties and their leaders is not limited to
the party in power, as on a scale of 0 (very bad) to 10 (very good), the
five major parties scored from 2.05 to 4.97, while their leaders also
failed, scoring from 2.00 to 4.93. President Aznar (who Bush sometimes calls
"Ansar") scored 3.68.

*While the war has caused the intention of vote of the PP (in power) to drop
from 40% (in January 2003) to 36% now, the PSOE (in opposition) remains
stable at 42% and does not increase. It is interesting to note that the
percentages for abstention or undecided voters were not published, whereas
they normally are.

(Based on a survey taken on 25 and 26 March, 2003, published in El País on
29 March, with a margin of error of +-3.1%. The percentage of "unsure / no
comment" brings the figures up to 100%. This poll is very similar to an
official government poll taken before the war started, which indicted that
91% were against initiating it.)

While "no nos representan" is a far cry from the "que se vayan todos" of
Argentina and Uruguay, it is indicative that people are questioning the
right of parliamentary institutions to make decisions against our interests
and are demanding other ways of decision taking.

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