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Study: Ireland indifferent, undecided on EU constitution

[JURIST] Irish voters remain undecided about the proposed European Constitution [text; JURIST news archive] despite plans to hold an Irish referendum on the document, according to a report issued Friday by the European Commission Representation in Ireland [official website]. The report [PDF text] showed that 50 percent of those surveyed had no opinion on the text, while 37 percent said they supported it. Only 15 percent of Irish knew about the constitution's contents, while 62 percent knew of the document but did not know what it contained. Commentators expressed some concern that Irish, who have traditionally participated in EU referendums, indicated that only one-third planned to vote in the referendum. The future of the constitution appears in doubt after France and the Netherlands [JURIST reports] both rejected the charter in votes earlier this year. The EU Commission in Ireland has a news release on the study. AFP has more.

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