Fears of record abstention in Spain
Spain's acting PM Pedro Sánchez in New York, Sept, 24. EFE/Eduardo Muñoz
EuroEFE (Madrid).- Spain will hold fresh elections on 10 November, after acting socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez (PSOE) failed to get the support of leftist party Unidas Podemos (United We Can). The acting PM also failed to obtain the abstention of the conservatives of Partido Popular (PP) and of the liberal-centrists Ciudadanos (Citizens).
But recent polls conducted for the daily newspapers El Pais (left-liberal) and La Razón (right-wing) project a “historical” abstention rate, due to increasing “disappointed” citizens, who said they don’t believe in the current political system, especially after politicians failed to form a stable government twice in a row in almost a year.
According to the poll conducted for La Razon, abstention would grow to 35%, almost 7% more than in the 28 April elections. If confirmed, it could mean the lowest turnout for Spain since the return of democracy in November 1975.
With 26.6% of the votes, socialist PSOE would win again, according to the La Razon survey. This would mean that the party would obtain between 124 and 127 seats, which would one to four more than in the April elections. The conservative PP would then follow with 22% and between 89 and 92 seats, compared to the 66 obtained six months ago.