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(01/25/08) -

Rajoy Gains, Zapatero Drops in Spain

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Spanish president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has lost public support this month, according to a poll by Instituto Opina released by Cadena Ser. 50.2 per cent of respondents approve of Zapatero’s performance, down 2.1 points since early December.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Spanish president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has lost public support this month, according to a poll by Instituto Opina released by Cadena Ser. 50.2 per cent of respondents approve of Zapatero’s performance, down 2.1 points since early December.

Zapatero was sworn in as president of the government in April 2004, following the victory of the Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) in the legislative ballot. The conservative Popular Party (PP) had administered the government under José María Aznar since 1996.

Mariano Rajoy took over as PP leader in August 2003. 34 per cent of respondents are satisfied with Rajoy’s performance as leader of the opposition, up five points since early last month.

On Jan. 17, Rafael Pampillion—a professor of economics at the Institute of Business in Madrid—said Zapatero’s chances of winning the upcoming election could be affected by a possible economic downturn, saying, "Voters are seeing rising inflation and unemployment; their houses aren’t worth as much as they thought, and it’s making them feel less well-off. (…) Whether it’s Zapatero’s fault or not, people identify a drop in their standard of living with the government that is in place."

The next general election is scheduled for Mar. 9.

Polling Data

Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero as president?

 

Jan. 8

Dec. 4

Nov. 21

Approve

50.2%

52.3%

51.5%

Disapprove

44.2%

40.4%

41.5%

Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of Mariano Rajoy as opposition leader?

 

Jan. 8

Dec. 4

Nov. 21

Approve

34.0%

29.0%

29.3%

Disapprove

61.1%

66.4%

64.4%

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.