FOUR months from Spain’s general elections, the conservative PP leads the field with 28.2% support, according to an official survey released by the state-sponsored Sociological Investigative Centre.
The Socialist Party (PSOE) is not far behind, with 24.9% support, while the far-left Podemos and centrist Ciudadanos parties registered 15.7% and 11.1% support, respectively.
The results indicate a potentially complicated election season, with no party winning enough support to govern alone, forcing the parties to seek coalition partners.
September’s regional elections in Catalunya could also further muddle the situation, as some Catalan leaders have been framing the election as a referendum on independence.
The PP is led by Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s current prime minister.