Franco's image on wane on 30th anniversary

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21 November 2005, MADRID — The image of Spanish military dictator Francisco Franco on the 30th anniversary of his death is worse than it was five years ago, according to a new poll.

21 November 2005

MADRID — The image of Spanish military dictator Francisco Franco on the 30th anniversary of his death is worse than it was five years ago, according to a new poll.

The poll published in the daily El Mundo found Franco was perceived as a bad or very bad leader by 51.2 percent of those
polled, compared with 38.1 percent in a survey conducted in 2000, the newspaper said.

The negative view of the late dictator was strongest among young people, aged 18-29 years old, and less unfavourable among those over 65.

The poll was conducted by the Sigma Dos institute among a sample of 800 people between 14-15 November.

On the other hand, the survey showed that more people think Franco's influence can still be found in Spanish society: 24.1 percent currently compared with 17.7 percent five years ago.

In the early hours of November 20, 1975, Franco died after a long illness ending his 39 years in power.

On Sunday, his supporters gathered to mark the anniversary of his passing at the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen) mausoleum outside Madrid, while anti-fascists staged rallies in the capital.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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