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Euro Should Be Dropped, Germans, British Tell French Pollster

March 13, 2012

The euro should be dropped and European countries should go back to their former currencies, 45 percent of Germans, who use the euro, and 71 percent of British, who don’t, said in a BVA survey.

Of the Italians questioned, 42 percent favored returning to the lira, while 39 percent of Spaniards polled want to give up the common currency. The French were most in favor of keeping it, with 75 percent opposed to a return to the franc and 18 percent in favor, according to the survey for 20 Minutes, a free French newspaper, by the Boulogne-Billancourt, France-based polling firm.

On average, 32 percent of those surveyed in the five countries said the euro would go when asked what they really think will happen in coming years. British were most likely to see it happening, with 63 percent saying it certainly or probably will occur, according to the poll.

Thirty-three percent of Italians queried said they expected it, as well as 27 percent of Germans and 21 percent of Spanish. The French were the least likely to see the currency being dropped, with 3 percent saying certainly and 13 percent probably.

The survey was conducted among 4,217 people in the five countries between Feb. 20 and Feb. 29 by Internet. No margin of error was reported.

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