The countdown to the Catalan independence referendum is in its final stretch, but opinion polls on the controversial ballot are few and far between. The majority of voters were initially thought to be against secession from Spain, however this could now have changed. Madrid’s decision to deploy police at polling stations to thwart the referendum may have pushed some Catalans in the other direction, as Lluís Orriols, professor at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, told euronews.
“In recent months there has been a progressive decline people wanting independence. It had gone from its maximum support of 50%, to just over 40% at the beginning of the summer. So it hit a low point, but could still gain enough support to win a referendum if this one were legal and had guarantees… Independentism is starting from a particularly low quota compared to recent last years, but this is surely going to be modified after the events of the recent weeks and what could still happen on Sunday.