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    The majority of the Catalonia population thinks that a referendum on independence should be held on the legal basis, the poll conducted by the Metroscopia institute said.

    MADRID, October 5 (RIA Novosti) – The majority of the Catalonia population thinks that a referendum on independence should be held on the legal basis, the poll conducted by the Metroscopia institute said.

    According to the poll results cited by the El Pais newspaper, only 23 percent of Catalans agree with Catalan authorities' decision to go ahead with the referendum despite the fact that the decree to hold an independence referendum in November has been suspended by the Spanish Constitutional Court.

    The majority of Catalans, 45 percent, believe that the local administration should acknowledge the court's decision and enter negotiations concerning a new referendum that would be in accordance with the constitution.

    A quarter of those polled, 25 percent, believe the referendum should not be held at all, but a different way out needs to be found.

    The poll was took place from September 30 to October 2, with 1,000 people polled.

    On September 27, Catalan President Artur Mas signed a decree scheduling Catalonia's independence referendum for November 9. The same day the Spanish government announced that it would block the motion by appealing to the Constitutional Court, and on September 29, the court suspended Catalonia's decree.

    The Catalan regional government said they would appeal the decision. The leader of Catalonia has already set up a panel to supervise the referendum, despite the Constitutional Court's ruling.

    Catalans have accused the Spanish government of being a drain on the region's budget and constraining its linguistic and cultural autonomy. Madrid claims Catalonia benefits from the union with Spain and already enjoys a wide autonomy.

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