Economic cutbacks affect Spanish government in opinion polls

08:12, June 01, 2010      

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The package of economic cutbacks aimed at reducing the deficit of the Spanish economy has damaged the popularity of the Spanish government in the latest opinion poll.

The poll, carried out by Sigma Dos and published in the newspaper "El Mundo" shows that the package, which includes freezing pensions and reducing the salaries of civil servants, has seen the popularity of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero severely dented.

If elections were to be held Monday, the poll shows that the right wing opposition Popular Party (PP) would win 45.6 percent of the vote, while only 35.1 percent of the vote would go to Zapatero's ruling Socialist Party (PSOE), giving the PP a 10.5 percent lead over the governing party.

The remaining votes would go to left wing Izquierda Unida, and various nationalist parties in Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia.

Meanwhile, 50.6 percent of those questioned said they wanted the next general election brought forward.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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