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Spanish politics now a four horse race:poll

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Spanish politics now a four horse race:poll
Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos, who top Spanish voter intentions according to a new poll. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP.
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A new poll shows that bipartisan politics is firmly a thing of the past, as Spain's two new political parties viewed as real contenders.

The poll, carried out by Metroscopia for Spanish daily El País, revealed that Spain’s newer political parties, Podemos and Ciudadanos, are now practically neck and neck with Spain’s traditional big two parties, the ruling Popular Party (PP) and the Socialist party (PSOE).

If a general election were to take place tomorrow, Podemos, the left-wing anti-austerity party that is barely a year old, would come out on top, with 22.5 percent of the vote. It would be followed by the PSOE, with 20.2 percent, the PP with 18.6 percent and Ciudadanos with 18.4 percent.

Voters, fed up of Spain’s traditional two party system are increasingly lending their support to Podemos (We Can) and Ciudadanos (Citizens), who now pose a real threat to the PP and PSOE in the run up to Spain’s general elections.

While Podemos still come top of voter intentions, they have lost five points since last month’s poll, while Ciudadanos, founded in 2006 by Albert Rivera, are experiencing a meteoric rise leaping 8.1 percent in January to 18.4 percent now.

And Cs leader Albert Rivera has the best approval rating of the four party leaders, with 56 percent. Pedro Sánchez, leader of the PSOE, has 36 percent approval.

Pablo Iglesias, Podemos’ leader, has 32 percent while current Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy trails with 24 percent approval rating.

Spaniards are tired of the two party system; 77 percent said that the 'best thing for our country' would be for the PP and PSOE to stop being the two dominant parties on the political scene.

"Spain finds itself facing a completely unprecedented scenario," said an El País editorial on the poll.

If no party obtains an absolute majority in the general election, to take place in December, 56 percent of Spaniards support a coalition between 'the centre-left and the left' while 50 percent support a coalition between the PSOE and Ciudadanos.

When it comes to a potential coalition, Spaniards seem to support the joining together of a new and old party. Only 32 percent support a partnership between the traditional two main parties, while the same percentage of Spaniards, 32 percent, support a coalition between the two new parties, Podemos and Ciudadanos. 

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