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Poll suggests new Spain election wouldn't resolve stalemate

Published:Monday | March 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM


A poll suggests that if Spain were to hold new elections, no party would obtain a majority and negotiations for a coalition government would continue as now, except that anti-austerity Podemos party would lose support to business-oriented Ciudadanos.

Elections held on December 20 produced a fragmented parliament, with no party winning a majority.

A survey by pollster Metroscopia published yesterday by El Pais newspaper said the conservative Popular Party has the support of 26 per cent of voters against 23.1 per cent for the Socialist Party, 19.5 per cent for centrist Ciudadanos and 16.8 for far-left Podemos.

Metroscopia said its poll questioned 1,200 adults by telephone on March 8-9, and it has a 2.9 percentage-point margin of error.