Spain’s Socialist party would win a general election if a vote were held today, showed the results of the recent poll carried out July 1-10 by the Sociological Research Centre (CIS), The Local reported.
The Sociological Research Centre poll released on Thursday showed that Spain’s ruling Socialists won the sympathies of citizens across Spain. While the anti-austerity party Podemos garnered 15.6 percent of the vote, the conservative Popular Party (PP) came in joint second place along with centrist party Ciudadanos, with 20.4 percent of the vote each.
The latest quarterly survey showed that Socialists have solidified its position, while in the previous CIS poll released in April, the Socialistic Party had been in second place with 22 percent support, behind then-ruling PP, which had 24 percent. A party’s spokeswoman Adriana Lastra said it is the first time since 2009 that the Socialists topped the CIS survey.
Pedro Sanchez, a new PM and the new face of Spain’s politics
The 46-year-old Pedro Sanchez heads up a government that holds the smallest minority in history. Two months ago, he boosted his career drastically when the Spanish Socialists have chosen the perspective politician as the prime minister.
It was also the first CIS poll since the surprise change of government in Spain in June, following a no-confidence vote which toppled the PP after dozens of officials were charged in a high profile corruption case.
The survey was taken before the PP last month picked arch-conservative Pablo Casado, this 37-year-old politician to replace the ousted PM Mariano Rajoy as a leader, in a move seen as a lurch to the right.
With just 84 Socialist lawmakers out of 350, PM Sanchez became the head od the new Spanish government that holds the smallest minority in history.