Latvians feeling down on EU

  • 2005-10-02
RIGA - The results of a new poll show that most of Latvia's population would vote against EU membership if a referendum were held now.

The poll, conducted by the Latvijas Fakti polling company, found that 40.3 percent of Latvians would vote "yes" and 48.7 percent would vote "no."

Most of the opposition to the EU was concentrated among noncitizens, of whom 60.6 percent would vote "no," the poll found.

The elderly people and lesser educated were also Euroskeptic.

"Those people have been hit most hard by the problems caused by inflation and do not see much prospects for their life in relation to the EU," Aigars Freimanis, director of Latvijas Fakti, was quoted by the Baltic News Service as saying.