Spain through the looking glass

Surveys reveal grim national mood

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Over half of all Spaniards believe the national economy is in ‘very bad’ shape and that things will only go downhill in the next 12 months, a new poll has found.

The Barómetro survey run by Spain’s Centre for Social Investigations also shows that nearly 80 per cent of Spaniards think Spain’s political situation is ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ with around half of all people saying things have gotten worse in the last year.

When given a long list of potential flashpoints and asked to pinpoint the three biggest problems facing Spain, 77.9 per cent of all CIS survey respondents selected unemployment. The other top two problems were the state of the economy (43.4 per cent) and politicians, or party politics and the general political situation (30.5 per cent).

Only 1.2 per cent of people thought the Catalonia question was one of Spain’s three top problems, the CIS study found.

The survey, based on interviews with 2,500 people around Spain reveals corruption is a top-three issue for 9.2 per cent of interviewees while that figure is 8.3 per cent for education.

When asked how they would rate their own personal financial situation, 18.8 per cent of the people CIS spoke to answered ‘good’ and 19.6 per cent said these were in bad shape. Most people (52.9%) said the state of their personal finances was OK.

Nearly half of all people thought their financial situation wasn’t going to change much in the next 12 months but over a quarter of all respondents (26.3%) said they expected things to get worse in that time frame.

The CIS survey respondents also gave both major political parties a clear thumbs down with nearly two thirds of people describing the performance of the ruling Partido Popular as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’. The breakdowns for the opposition socialist PSOE were similar.

Meanwhile, the latest Metroscopia survey for El Pais has found that only 25 per cent of people approve of the current performance of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. This number is even lower for opposition leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba at 16 per cent.

The Metroscopia survey also revealed that nearly three quarters of all Spaniards think the government is making things up as they go. Only 20 per cent thought the government knew what it was doing.

Some 46.4 people interviewed for the CIS study agreed with the statement ‘It is better not to get involved in politics’ and 40.7 of people agreed that ‘Generally politics seems so complicated to me that people like me can’t understand what is going on.

Only a quarter of people in the CIS poll said they often talked with friends and family about politics and 60.7 per cent of people claimed they never used the internet to find out what was going on in the political world or in society at large.

In terms of political self-definition, 15.7 per cent of CIS survey respondents said they were socialist, 12.9 per cent went for liberal and 11.7 chose conservative. Only 5.4 per cent labelled themselves apolitical.


Written by georgemills25

November 12, 2012 at 08:17

Posted in crisis, News, politics, society, Spain

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  1. Reblogged this on ZYNKIN MARKETING and commented:
    I agree the situation has not fully shown itself…things will get a lot worse and for the rest of Europe…How can it not? How all of a sudden are things going to turn. It saddens me to see that the people do not fully understand of how negative the future really is ,as more pressure needs to be put on productive measures to create jobs, relax business regulations and push for growth.
    A tough role for any government!


    November 12, 2012 at 10:11

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