30 Apr, 2024 @ 16:23
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Right-wing PP party would comfortably hold onto Andalucia if an election were held today, new poll shows

Feijoo Popular Party Rally In Malaga, Spain 19 Mar 2022
Andalusian regional president Juanma Moreno attends Popular Party rally in Torremolinos, near Malaga. After the political crisis in Spanish Popular party between former Popular Party president Pablo Casado and regional president of Madrid Isabel Diaz Ayuso, Alberto Nunez Feijoo is the favorite candidate to lead the Spanish Popular Party. In the weeks, Popular Party will organize a meeting where Alberto Nunez Feijoo will become predictably the next chief of Popular Party. (Photo by Jesus Merida / SOPA Images/Sipa USA) *** Local Caption *** 38258987

THE Andalusian branch of the conservative Partido Popular (PP-A) would comfortably hold onto power in the southern region were a new election to be held today.

That’s according to the latest poll from Centra, a research foundation that is overseen by the regional government’s Ministry for the Presidency. 

The Andalusian regional government is currently headed up by Juanma Moreno of the right-wing PP-A. 

He has been in power since 2019, when he agreed a deal with centre-right Ciudadanos and far-right Vox to gain their support at an investiture vote after an inconclusive regional election. 

The arrival of the PP-A in power in Andalucia was something of a political earthquake, given that the Andalusian socialists, the PSOE-A, had governed in the region without interruption for the previous 40 years. 

In June 2022, Moreno’s party won a historic absolute majority at the polls, after the premier called early elections. 

The latest Centra poll predicts that the PP-A would win an election if it were held now with 46% of the vote, compared to 21% for the PSOE-A. 

This would give it an even greater majority in the regional parliament than it enjoys now, having garnered 43% of the vote, and 58 seats, at the 2022 poll. 

The PSOE-A, meanwhile, managed to secure 24% of the vote at the 2022 elections, meaning that the survey reflects waning support for the Socialists in the region.

Far-right Vox is predicted by the poll to remain as the third-biggest group in the parliament were an election to be held today. Its advantage compared to the last election would be minimal, however, going from 13.5% of the vote to 13.8%. 

The survey was carried out between March 22 and April 9, and is based on answers from 3,632 people resident in the Andalusia region. 

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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