Recently there have been a lot of news regarding the police involvement in the Catalan independence referendum, where 2 people were seriously injured. Have there been any polls in "mainland" Spain regarding the recent intervention and the general question of using force to subdue the secession movement?

I presume most non-Catalans don't support the secession in the first place, but it's not clear if they support harsh measures from the government in Madrid.

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There's been indeed polls about it. I could find one in the Spanish digital newspapers El Español and the results are a bit shocking: as many Spanish people agree and do not agree with the use of force. However, in Catalonia there are 8 times more people against it. And, in fact, if you substract Catalan people from the Spanish overall, there is a 50% of people in favour of them, while less than 40% are not.

Numbers come from a poll on 800 people: 400 living in Catalonia and 400 living somewhere else in Spain.

From El 46% de los españoles rechaza las cargas policiales del 1-O y el 44% las aprueba, that is: 46% of Spanish people are against police charges from 1-O and 44% agree with them.

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  • Total España: overall Spain
  • Reside fuera de Cataluña: living outside Catalonia
  • Reside en Cataluña: living in Catalonia


  • Green-ish: agrees
  • Pink-ish: does not agree
  • Blue: do not know / do not want to answer

Going through all the results on the poll Un 61% de españoles, pero sólo el 30% de catalanes, "aprueba" el mensaje del Rey that is, 61% of Spanish, and just 30% of Catalans, "agree" with King's message reveal other interesting details, such as 61% of Catalans seeing King's message as something that has weakened his position, while less than 30% thinks it got stronger.

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    I guess it is easy to imagine the feeling of Catalans when half of Spanish agree on police beating them :O
    – fedorqui
    Oct 7, 2017 at 9:56
  • when half of Spanish agree on police fighting people who prevents the police from doing their jobs. FTFY, you are welcome. Excessive or not (there is a judicial inquiry in progresss), the fighting took place when people tried to oppose the police, it is not as if the police were hitting people at random...
    – SJuan76
    Oct 7, 2017 at 23:39
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    @SJuan76 I don't think images like these are far away from hitting people at random: Tensión en el instituto Pau Claris de Barcelona
    – fedorqui
    Oct 8, 2017 at 19:56
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    ??? The video shows only people who were opposing the action of the police. You could argue if the level of violence was justified or not (as I did mention there is an ongoing judicial inquiry), but certainly the people in the video were not "random people".
    – SJuan76
    Oct 8, 2017 at 20:12
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    @SJuan76 first of all, I don't need to fix my initial comment, just leave it as your personal opinion. Secondly, downvoting because you don't agree on a comment doesn't seem to fit on SE's philosophy: Focus on the content. Not the users. Down-vote poor content, up-vote good content, flag abusive content....
    – fedorqui
    Oct 8, 2017 at 20:27

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