A major poll says that Spain’s main ruling party has won over new voters since the start of the coronavirus crisis


A major poll says that Spain’s main ruling party has won over new voters since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

The survey conducted by Spain’s Center for Sociological Research (CIS) says that 31% of Spaniards would vote for the PSOE Socialist Party today, up from 28% in last November’s elections.

The poll also says the PSOE, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, have gained an 11% advantage over the Popular Party, their main opposition. That represents an increase of nearly 7% since November.

The poll said the Socialists’ coalition partners Podemos have seen their support drop slightly, while the far-right party Vox and the center-right Ciudanos have also inched ahead.

Residents of Spain have also been overwhelmingly supportive of the measures taken to curb the disease’s spread, the survey suggests.

More than 86% of respondents said the measures adopted by the government, which included one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, were “extremely” or “quite” necessary.

At the same time, 81% thought that the economic consequences of the lockdown would be “very serious.”