VOTERS DESERT SOCIALISTS

A poll carried out by the Centre of Sociological Research last week showed that if a general election had been held then, there would have been a technical draw between the ruling Socialist Party and the main opposition party, the Partido Popular. In the poll, the Socialists obtained 39.5% of the vote, down from 43.8% in the March general election, while the PP obtained 39.3%, 0.6% more than it obtained in March. Nearly 60% put the economy at the top of their list of worries, followed by unemployment, at 56%. Immigration and housing, which once topped the list, were third and fourth, at 27.9% and 21.5% respectively.

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