Unidos Podemos Becomes Second Political Force in Spain

Madrid, June 5 (Prensa Latina) The leftist coalition Unidos Podemos gets away from the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and consolidates its second position, three weeks before of the general election on 26 June, a survey revealed today.

If elections would be held now, the anti-austerity alliance grouping Podemos and Izquierda Unida (IU) would overcome the PSOE by more than five points, gaining 25.6 percent of the vote, compared to 20.2 percent for the Socialists, according to a survey of Metroscopia.

Unidos Podemos not only established itself as second force, but also shortens distances with the conservative Popular Party (PP) of Mariano Rajoy, getting 28.5 percent support, something less than three points above the pact led by Pablo Iglesias.

The grouping of center-right Ciudadanos (C’s), meanwhile, remains in fourth place with an estimated 16.6 percent vote, a certain improvement on the results achieved in the general elections of December 20 (20-D).

The Metroscopia poll confirms the advance staged last Wednesday by the demoscopic cabinet Jaime Miquel y Asociados (JM & A) in the estimates done for the digital newspaper Público.

Then, JM & A predicted that the sum of Unidos Podemos and PSOE would go beyond the PSO in votes and seats to the PP and C’s.

An eventual pact of government between the first reach 167 seats in the Congress of Deputies and 45.8 percent of the valid vote.

By contrast, Rajoy’s conservatives and center-right Citizens would gain 156 seats in the lower house, with 43.5 percent of the vote.

In addition to drawing a Spain governed by formations of the left and social democracy, the research conducted by JM & A also confirms the so-called Sorpasso (overtaking) of Unidos Podemos respect the Socialists led by Pedro Sanchez.

That is one trend that virtually all inquiries outline since Podemos (center-left) and IU agreed in early May to attend together the upcoming elections, repetition of those held in December.

The Spaniards will go back to the polls on June 26 after the results of five months ago left the most fragmented parliament democracy.

In general the 20-D, voters punished the incarnate bipartisanship for more than three decades between Social Democrats (PSOE) and conservatives (PP), while emerging Podemos and C’s can burst policies as third and fourth forces, respectively.

Polls published to date project a picture almost similar to last December, when fragmentation of votes caused a balance that ultimately prevented the formation of an executive, because of the cross between the four main parties vetoes.

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