DEFENCE MINISTER 2ND MOST POPULAR

Even though she hasn’t done very much yet, as one newspaper pointed out last week, Defence Minister Carmé Chacon, is the second most popular member of the government. Deputy Prime Minister María Teresa Fernández de la Vega tops the list and Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez is third, according to the results of a poll by the Sociological Research Centre which were released last week. Sra Chacon managed to visit the troops in Afghanistan and the Lebanon before giving birth two her first child, a boy, two weeks ago, and she is now on maternity leave, after being in her post just over a month. The three most unpopular foreign leaders are Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who got 1.2 marks out of ten; Cuban strong man Fidel Castro (1.8 out of 10) and George W Bush, with 1.9 out of ten. The problems that worry the Spanish most are unemployment, the economy, ETA terrorism, immigration and housing, in that order.

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