PP closes in on Socialist opinion poll

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23 November 2007, Madrid - Four months before the general election, Spain's main opposition Popular Party has narrowed the gap with the governing Socialists to 2.3 percentage points, a new opinion poll shows.

23 November 2007

Madrid - Four months before the general election, Spain's main opposition Popular Party has narrowed the gap with the governing Socialists to 2.3 percentage points, a new opinion poll shows.

The survey by the Sociological Research Institute (CIS) found that if an election were held today, 39.7 percent of voters would support the Socialist Party, eight tenths of a percent less than in the last poll in July, while 37.4 percent would support the PP, an increase of four tenths of a percent. The shrinking gap may reflect voters' changing concerns, particularly in the wake of the economic turmoil of the summer and climbing inflation.

Currently, 32.2 percent of respondents think the economic situation is "bad" or "very bad," compared to 22.4 percent who describe it as "good" or "very good."

Unemployment remains Spaniards' top concern, cited first by 37.4 percent of respondents, followed by housing and immigration. Terrorism has slid from second to fourth place among Spaniards' concerns - its lowest position since Basque terrorist group ETA called off a ceasefire in June.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

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