Spanish socialists under Sanchez in the lead, poll says

Support for PP sliding, slight growth for far-right Vox

16 September, 16:06

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, 16 SET - The parties of Spain's center-left government including the Socialist Party (PSOE) and Unidas Podemos are advancing in the polls while the main opposition party, Partido Popular (PP), has lost almost 3% of its support.

    The figures are from the latest poll conducted by Spain's Center for Sociological Research (CIS) , a state-run institute.

    The poll is the first of its kind since July.

    If elections were to be held now, the poll predicts Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez would get 29.6% of the votes (+1% over July), while his partners in Unidas Podemos would now get 11.3%, more than the 10.6% in the previous poll.

    The PP would instead get 20.5% instead of 23.4%, while Vox - a far-right party and the third largest in Parliament - would gain 0.2% to 13.8%.

    Also seeing growing support is the liberal party Ciudadanos after months of a profound internal crisis, with a rise of 1% to 6.5%.

    Then poll was conducted between September 1 and 13, a period in which the priorities of the Sanchez government - which was extensively reshuffled in early July - was the drawing up of measures to help families deal with an emergency resulting from an increase in electricity prices.

    In the same period, Sanchez also announced an "imminent" increase in the minimum wage.

    Several Spanish media outlets noted that talks on this issue have entered their final phases. (ANSAmed).

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