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    Thirty-one percent of French, German and Greek respondents would like to return to national currencies amid the current euro crisis, a new poll conducted by ICM Research exclusively for Sputnik revealed Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — ICM Research surveyed over 3,000 people in France, Germany and Greece. Interviews were conducted from March 20 to April 9, 2015.

    In all the three countries polled, on average just over half of respondents, 53 percent, want to continue using the euro.

    In Germany and France, 39 and 29 percent of respondents respectively said they would like to return to their national currencies, the Deutsche mark and the French franc.

    In Greece, a majority of respondents – 58 percent – said they would prefer to keep the euro.

    The European debt crisis erupted in the wake of a deep recession in 2009 due to a combination of factors, including a slowdown in the US economy, easy credit conditions in the 2000s and the financial crisis of 2008.

    Greece’s persisting financial problems and the possibility of the country’s exit from the Eurozone have further intensified the crisis.

    In order to revive the economy and boost inflation, the European Central Bank in January launched a $1.2 –trillion quantitative-easing program, which envisages the purchase of bonds issued by governments in the Eurozone. Following the move, the euro has been actively losing value, sinking to 11-years lows.

    The international public opinion research project Sputnik.Polls was launched in 2014, in conjunction with leading British public opinion survey specialists ICM Research. It conducts regular opinion polls to monitor public sentiment toward social, political and cultural issues in Europe and the United States.

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