Spanish election polls show Ciudadanos rise as Podemos take a drop

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Ciudadanos party members in April 2015.

AHEAD of the general elections in Spain on the December 20, the latest polls show different prospects for two relative newcomers at either end of the political spectrum.

The latest poll released by Metroscopia on Sunday, October 11 showed centre-right party Ciudadanos on 21.5 per cent of the vote which represents a 16.1 per cent surge from last month and takes its support closer to the two main parties in Spain, the Socialists and the People’s Party.

Far-left party Podemos is on 14.1 per cent of the vote in comparison with 18.6 per cent in September and 28.2 per cent in January. 

In the same poll the Socialists (PSOE) are on 23.5 per cent and the ruling People’s Party (PP) are on 23.4 per cent. 

Ciudadanos has seen a somewhat unexpected rise, gaining support across the country for its free-market policies. 

Pablo Iglesias, who leads Podemos, enjoyed surges in popularity earlier in the year, however, the latest polls show them losing ground and the two main parties will surely now be taking more notice of Ciudadanos leader, 35-year-old lawyer, Albert Rivera. 

Although the rising centre-right party has no seats in the national parliament at the moment, they now look likely to have a say in the shape of Spain’s political future on December 20.

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