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(01/24/08) -

Smaller Lead for Governing PSOE in Spain

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Spain’s Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) is holding on to a slight lead in the European country, according to a poll by Instituto Opina released by Cadena Ser. 43 per cent of respondents would vote for the governing PSOE in this year’s general election, down two points since early December.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Spain’s Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) is holding on to a slight lead in the European country, according to a poll by Instituto Opina released by Cadena Ser. 43 per cent of respondents would vote for the governing PSOE in this year’s general election, down two points since early December.

The opposition Popular Party (PP) is second with 40 per cent, followed by the coalition of United Left (IU) and Initiative for Catalonia-Greens (IC-V) with 3.5 per cent, Catalonia’s Convergence and Union (CiU) with three per cent, the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) with 1.5 per cent, and the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) with 1.4 per cent.

PSOE leader José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was sworn in as president of the government in April 2004, following his party’s victory in the legislative ballot. The conservative PP had administered the government under José María Aznar since 1996. Mariano Rajoy took over as PP leader in August 2003.

On Jan. 15, Rajoy named Manuel Pizarro—a well-known businessman and former chairman of power company Endesa—as a parliamentary candidate. Rajoy also promised tax cuts for the business sector and said that the economy is heading towards a crisis, adding, "No one talks about the Spanish miracle anymore."

The general election is scheduled for Mar. 9.

Polling Data

What party would you support in the next general election?

 

Jan. 8

Dec. 4

Nov. 21

Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE)

43%

45%

45%

Popular Party (PP)

40%

37.5%

38%

United Left (IU) /
Initiative for Catalonia-Greens (IC-V)

3.5%

4.5%

4%

Convergence and Union (CiU)

3.0%

3%

3.2%

Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC)

1.5%

1.5%

1.9%

Basque Nationalist Party (PNV)

1.4%

1.5%

1.7%

Source: Instituto Opina / Cadena Ser
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,000 Spanish adults, conducted on Jan. 8, 2008. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.