One year on, Zapatero is still people's choice

14th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 March 2005, MADRID-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who came to power in a surprise victory for the Socialists exactly a year ago March, remains the country's preferred political leader, according to a poll.

14 March 2005

MADRID-Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who came to power in a surprise victory for the Socialists exactly a year ago March, remains the country's preferred political leader, according to a poll.

If the elections were held today, the poll- published in the daily El Mundo-showed that the Socialist Party would even improve its lead with 43.7 percent of the vote compared with 42.6 percent in 2004.

The opposition Popular Party received 38 percent of the intended vote compared with 37.6 percent last year, according to the survey conducted by the Institute Sigma Dos.

Zapatero's approval rating among Spaniards was 58.2 percent, while the conservative opposition leader Mariano Rajoy garnered 50.9 percent.

One year after the general elections, held three days after the 11 March train bombings in Madrid, 72.3 percent of those polled think the attacks played a "decisive role" in ousting the conservatives from power.

Jose Maria Aznar, prime minister at the time of the attacks, was a supporter of the US-led invasion of Iraq and sent Spanish troops to the country.

After winning the election, Zapatero kept his campaign promise and withdrew Spanish forces from Iraq.

The poll showed that nearly seven in 10 voters approved of that action.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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