Fresh poll: support for Spain’s socialists and centre-right increases

The survey carried out from 3-14 January found that PSOE’s support has risen by half a point in a month, while the PP would see its estimated vote increase from 20.8% in December to 21.5%, EFE reported. [EPA-EFE/JORGE ZAPATA]

The ruling socialist party of PSOE and the main opposition force, the Partido Popular (PP), are gathering more support, according to a fresh poll released on Thursday by state-owned Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS).

According to the new poll, more people favour both parties, with 28.5% and 21.5% respectively.

This comes at the expense of left-wing Unidas Podemos (United We Can), PSOE’s coalition partner, and centre-liberal Ciudadanos (Citizens), which are losing ground, while far-right Vox would remain the third force in the Spanish parliament, the CIS barometer predicts.

The survey carried out from 3-14 January found that PSOE’s support has risen by half a point in a month, while the PP would see its estimated vote increase from 20.8% in December to 21.5%, EFE reported.

According to the poll, Unidas-Podemos drops to 13.1%, coinciding with the controversy around Consumer Affairs Minister Alberto Garzón, fuelled by an interview he gave to The Guardian where he spoke critically about megafarms and the quality of the Spanish meat.

The fall is deeper for Ciudadanos, which has dropped almost two points from 5.9% in December to 4%, just a few days ahead of a crucial election to be held in the Castilla y León region on 13 February.

(Fernando Heller | EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)

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