PM Sanchez hits the perfect pitch

AN opinion survey poll reveals that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s left-leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE) would win a general election, should one be called early.

The poll, from the Sociological Research Centre (CIS), found that almost 30% of its respondents would vote for the PSOE in an early election, even though the party came to power two months ago after a no-confidence motion.

Adriana Lastra, the party’s spokesperson in the Congress of Deputies, said it was the first time since 2009 that the PSOE had topped the survey.

Joint-second in the poll was the conservative Partido Popular (PP), ousted from government following the motion, with 20.4% of respondents backing them. Centrist Ciudadanos party was runner-up alongside the PP.

A total of 15.6% of those surveyed said they would vote for the leftist, anti-austerity Podemos party in the CIS’s latest survey.

The previous quarterly survey, released in April, placed the PSOE second, with 22% of respondents backing them. The PP, in government at the time, came first with 24%.

Right now, there are 84 PSOE members of the Congress of Deputies, Spain’s lower house of parliament, out of 350 law-makers.

The party has 62 out of 266 seats in the Senate, which means this government has the smallest minority in Spain’s democratic history.

The poll was taken shortly before the PP chose Pablo Casado to succeed predecessor and former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Casado stood on a platform of moving the party to the right on a number of issues, including abortion and migration. Also, in a bid to thwart their independence ambitions, he floated the prospect of banning independence parties such as those in Cataluña.

The new PP leader met with Sanchez in Madrid at his official residence of La Moncloa last week

The results of the poll come as the PSOE marked two months since they toppled the PP government on WednesdayThe party came to power after the then-ruling PP became embroiled in the Gurtel corruption scandal.The motion passed with 180 votes in favour and 169 against after Sanchez secured the backing of regionalist parties. The PP became the first party to be ousted by a no confidence motion since Spain transitioned to democracy in the late 1970’s.





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