Socialists lead Opposition by six points

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17 November 2004, MADRID-The Socialist government is six points ahead of the conservative opposition Popular Party, according to an opinion poll.

17 November 2004

MADRID-The Socialist government is six points ahead of the conservative opposition Popular Party, according to an opinion poll.

The poll, by the authoritative Centre for Sociological Investigations (CIS), found the government's lead has been reduced by one point compared with the last poll, conducted in July.

The Socialists had 42.1 percent of the vote, almost two points down from the previous poll in July, in which they scored 44 percent.

The Popular Party also saw their share of the vote fall, from 36.8 percent in the earlier poll to 36.8 percent in the latest poll.

The distance between the two parties has fallen from 7.2 points to six points.

The smaller, left-wing opposition party United Left saw a rise in its popularity, from five percent of the vote to 5.5 percent in this poll.

The right-wing regional Catalonian party, CiU has also seen a small rise in its share of the vote from 2.8 percent to three percent.

The Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is still the most important political figure, scoring 5.82 points, while the leader of the opposition, Mariano Rajoy, got 4.39 points.

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Subject: Spanish news

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