Spain’s voters not happy with town hall coalitions

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THE local elections across Spain in May have resulted in a huge number of coalition governments formed in town halls, and that’s put some voters’ noses out of joint.
Support for the conservative Partido Popular (PP) crashed in the May 24 vote, leaving them without a majority in many areas where they’d enjoyed power for some time. While their vote dropped, the PP was still the biggest party in many of these localities, but without a majority, other forces have been able to find common ground to forge pacts, forcing the PP into opposition.
A poll taken for Spanish daily El Pais by Metroscopia has found that it’s left a majority of voters unhappy, 57 per cent saying they were dissatisfied with the choice of mayors across Spain.
On a local level, though, people are generally happy with the people in power in their own town – where 43 per cent say they’re dissatisfied as opposed to 49 per cent who are satisfied.
PP voters are, understandably, most bent out of shape, 82 per cent saying they’re upset by the nationwide consequences of the local elections. Just over half of the voters of the socialist PSOE party, 52 per cent, are satisfied, while those supporting radical, new formation Podemos are the happiest, 67 per cent saying they were satisfied.


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