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Poll shows most Catalans oppose motion calling for start of secession process with Spain

  • Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, right, talks to Ciutadans ('Citizens') party leader Albert Rivera during their meeting at the Moncloa palace, Spanish premier's official resident, in Madrid, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Rajoy meets on Friday with the leaders of two new upstart political parties to discuss ways to halt attempts by secessionists in Catalonia to set the region on a path toward independence. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, right, talks to Ciutadans ('Citizens') party leader Albert Rivera during their meeting at the Moncloa palace, Spanish premier's official resident, in Madrid, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Rajoy meets on Friday with the leaders of two new upstart political parties to discuss ways to halt attempts by secessionists in Catalonia to set the region on a path toward independence. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, right, talks to Ciutadans ('Citizens') party leader Albert Rivera during their meeting at the Moncloa palace, Spanish premier's official resident, in Madrid, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Rajoy meets on Friday with the leaders of two new upstart political parties to discuss ways to halt attempts by secessionists in Catalonia to set the region on a path toward independence. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

    Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, right, talks to Ciutadans ('Citizens') party leader Albert Rivera during their meeting at the Moncloa palace, Spanish premier's official resident, in Madrid, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Rajoy meets on Friday with the leaders of two new upstart political parties to discuss ways to halt attempts by secessionists in Catalonia to set the region on a path toward independence. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (The Associated Press)

An opinion poll indicates a majority of people in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia reject a proposal by secessionist parties there to have the regional parliament announce the formal start of independence from Spain.

The poll published Friday in leading newspaper El Pais said 51 percent of those quizzed opposed the motion, against 42 percent who favored it.

Spain's prime minister is meeting political leaders to get a united front against the motion.

The survey showed that if a self-determination referendum were to be held, 49 percent would favor remaining part of Spain against 41 percent who would support independence.

The poll, carried out by the Metroscopia firm, quizzed 900 people in fixed telephone interviews Oct. 28. It has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.