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British opposition to joining euro reaches 61%, poll shows

LONDON -- Opposition to Britain joining the beleaguered single European currency is growing among Britons, according to a poll published Tuesday.

The telephone poll for the Guardian newspaper, conducted Friday and Saturday, indicated that 61 percent of Britons said they would vote against joining the euro. That is up from 53 percent a month ago.The decline in support for the new regional currency comes as its value continues to slide to new lows. It has plunged 12 percent against the dollar since its January debut.

At that time, the Guardian poll indicated 52 percent were against Britain joining.

In this month's poll of 1,067 people, those in favor of monetary union fell back seven percentage points from 34 percent in May to 27 percent, while the number of "don't knows" remained unchanged at 13 percent.

The poll, conducted by research group ICM, had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.