• PSOE trails Unidos Podemos coalition by at least 3.5 percent, say surveys
• Conservative PP remains firmly in lead, Ciudadanos relegated to fourth place
The results of two new voter surveys taken less than two weeks before the launch of Spain’s upcoming national election campaign both project the Unidos Podemos coalition, formed last month between populist anti-austerity party Podemos and the legacy old-left party Izquierda Unida (IU, United Left) will overtake Spain’s mainstay left-opposition Socialist party (PSOE) in the 26th June (26-J) general elections.
In a survey of voter preferences nationwide conducted by telephone on 31st May and 1st June by the Metroscopia polling organisation for the daily El Pais newspaper, 25.6 percent of voters polled said they would vote for Unidos Podemos versus 20.2 percent for the PSOE, while 31 percent said they would vote for the conservative Partido Popular (PP) of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Similarly, a national survey conducted by phone from 30th May through 2nd June by the Sigma Dos polling organisation for the daily El Mundo newspaper showed 23.7 percent of voters polled saying they would vote for Unidos Podemos versus 20.3 percent for the PSOE, while 31 percent said they would vote for the PP. If the projections hold true on election day, the results would give the PP 130 seats in Congress, with 80 seats going to Unidos Podemos and 77 to the Socialists.
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