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(10/14/06) -

Spaniards Content with Monarchy

- Many adults in Spain believe it is not necessary for their country to become a republic, according to a poll by Instituto Opina released by Cadena Ser. 65 per cent of respondents support the continuation of the monarchy.

- Many adults in Spain believe it is not necessary for their country to become a republic, according to a poll by Instituto Opina released by Cadena Ser. 65 per cent of respondents support the continuation of the monarchy.

In November 1975, Juan Carlos I officially became Spain’s monarch following the death of dictator Francisco Franco. Juan Carlos oversaw the European nation’s transition into democratic rule.

In October 2005, Princess Leonor—the first child of Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia—was born in Spain. The current constitution stipulates that Leonor should relinquish her claim to the throne to any younger brother she may come to have. The position of Felipe as the current heir to Juan Carlos I is predicated on this doctrinal interpretation of primogeniture, as he has two elder sisters.

Last year, a document presented by the government of president José Luis Rodr­guez Zapatero—the leader of the Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE)—said the present succession rules are “tantamount to the continuation of a type of discrimination against women (royals).” The current administration has suggested that any constitutional changes be enacted in a way that does not affect Felipe’s current position as heir.

Last month, first vice-president Mar­a Teresa Fern¡ndez de la Vega announced she would meet with the members of all political factions to discuss a constitutional amendment to the succession law.

Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia are expecting their second child.

Polling Data

Do you agree with Spain remaining a monarchy, or would you prefer to have a republic?

Monarchy

65%

Republic

25%

Not sure / No reply

10%

Source: Instituto Opina / Cadena Ser
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 Spanish adults, conducted on Sept. 28, 2006. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.