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Poles more pro-EU than ever: survey

(WARSAW) - A record 89 percent of Poles are pleased with their country's decision to join the European Union three years ago, a poll revealed Thursday as a key EU summit kicked off in Brussels.

Five percent are still against membership, and six percent have no view, according to a poll by the CBOS public opinion institute.

The pro-EU camp is growing progressively, according to CBOS, whose research was published as European leaders were set to meet to discuss a new treaty of reforms for the 27-member bloc.

A survey carried out by the institute in April found that 86 percent of Poles felt EU membership had had a positive effect.

Shortly before Poland joined the EU in May 2004, a CBOS survey had found that 64 percent supported entry and 29 percent were opposed.

In its latest poll, the institute also found that 55 percent of those surveyed prefer the EU to remain a union of sovereign states, while 22 percent support the idea of a "United States of Europe".

Some 69 percent said that they were "not interested" in the drive to adopt a new governing treaty for the EU, while 27 percent felt concerned by the issue.

The Polish government has threatened to block moves to draft a new treaty, because of concerns about planned reforms to the EU members' voting system which Poland fears will reduce its influence.

The CBOS poll of 946 people was carried out May 11-14.

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