CORRUPTION has been recognised as one of Spain’s major problems following a national opinion poll.
Results from the most recent CIS survey reveal that 40% of Spaniards now believe corruption and fraud to be the country’s second biggest problem after unemployment.
The statistics, recorded just a week after El Pais published the alleged Partido Popular ledgers, show that public concern has more than doubled from the 17.7% in January’s poll.
The perception of corruption to be one of Spain’s principal issues is the highest since 1994’s ‘Filesa case’, another financial scandal involving high-ranking politicians, embroiled the nation.
Other cases thought to have influenced the results are the Gurtel investigation, allegations against the king’s son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin, and alleged acts of espionage in Cataluna.
Unemployment, which has now topped over five million people, remained the first concern for 79.9% of the 2,472 people surveyed.