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Presentation of Diagnòstic de percepcions Catalunya-Espanya
[24/02/2010]
Diagnòstic de percepcions Catalunya-Espanya (Diagnosis of Perceptions: Catalonia-Spain), produced by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) is to be presented on Friday 26 February at 11 am at Madrid's Complutense University. The study looks at questions such as the political relationship between Catalonia and Spain, the possibility of the proposal of independence within the framework of democracy, and the willingness of one or other side to handle the issue calmly. For the first time, a wide-ranging public opinion study looks in depth at Spaniards? feelings about Catalonia, clearing setting out the hypothesis of self-determination. Some interesting conclusions can be gained from the results, such as the majority of those surveyed being in favour of peaceful and democratic solutions, regardless of the political formula adopted.

The results are to be presented by Miquel Strubell, lecturer in the UOC’s Arts and Humanities Department and director of the study. This presentation is to be followed by a round table discussion, moderated by journalist Silvia Intxaurrondo, involving Miguel Herrero Rodríguez de Miñón, politician and lawyer; José María Martín Patino, priest and President of the Encuentro Foundation; Ignasi Riera, writer and politician, and José Juan Toharia, professor of Sociology at the Autonomous University of Madrid. The round table is to be chaired by the President of the Complutense University of Madrid, Carlos Berzosa, and the UOC’s Vice President of Technology, Llorenç Valverde.

The data show that there is some resistance to accepting the symbols, language or representations of Catalonia as a nation. However, there is little questioning of the regulation of liberty and civil order for any process of change or evolution in the relations between Catalonia and Spain. The diagnosis includes two separate and wide-ranging public opinion studies, one in Catalonia and the other in the rest of Spain (2,614 interviews were carried out in Catalonia and 1,883 in Spain). Specific questionnaires were developed for each so as to be able to reach conclusions on the opinions offered in the two settings.
 

 

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