A majority of the Uruguayan population does not approve receiving US prisoners from the US Guantanamo Base, a decision adopted by the government of President Jose Mujica to help support the US government in closing the 9/11 jail for terrorists, according to a public opinion poll released on Thursday.
The poll from Cifra shows that 50% of interviews considered the initiative negative, 30% positive and 20% did not have an opinion. Mujica, 79, a former urban guerrilla who spent years in jail last March agreed with the administration of President Barack Obama to help empty the military jail by receiving as refugees at least six of the prisoners in what was described as a 'humanitarian' gesture.
President Obama personally thanked Mujica for his effort, when the Uruguayan official visited the White House in mid May. However the initiative is now in the hands of the US Senate.
Taking into account the political party of the interviews, 48% from the ruling coalition supported the decision; 30% were against and 22% did not reply.
Among supporters of the senior opposition National party, 13% approved, 74% were against while 13% did not reply. Similarly with the junior opposition Colorado party: 13% yes; 73%, no and 14% did not reply.
The poll was taken during May with a margin error of plus/minus three percentage points, and interviewing 1.000 people over 18, by phone, in Montevideo with a smaller sample in the rest of the urban country.
In April a similar poll from Equipos Consultores showed that 47% of Uruguayans were against the decision; 23% supported it; 16% was indifferent and 14% preferred not to reply.