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Two-thirds of Austrians want to remain in the EU: survey

(Xinhua)

08:39, September 29, 2012

VIENNA, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Two-thirds of Austrians would like their country to remain a member of the European Union (EU), a survey by the Austrian Society for European Politics (OGfE) revealed on Friday.

Support for the European project reached a low of 64 percent in spring of 2012, but slightly increased again to 66 percent in the latest survey, while support for an EU exit sank from 30 percent to 26 percent over the same time period.

The APA reported that over the past one and a half years, support had sunk as the percentage of EU supporters was persistently over 70 percent between fall 2008 and spring 2011.

OGfE Secretary General Paul Schmidt said in a press release that in the light of the current euro crisis, the result was positive.

The most EU-skeptical demographic was people aged between 26 and 35 and those with compulsory schooling qualifications, 35 percent of whom wanted Austria to exit the EU.

Most in favor of the EU were people under 25 years of age as well as respondents with university qualifications, at 77 percent.

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