AN unofficial poll by the El Confidencial online newspaper found that the “Pedro Sanchez effect” is waning.
Sanchez was initially buoyed up by last June’s successful Vote of No Confidence in the former president, Mariano Rajoy. Six months later, El Confidencial found that his government had the support of only one in three voters.
Even within his own party, Sanchez’s popularity has slipped. Three months ago he had the approval of 71.8 per cent of PSOE voters but this has dropped by nine percentage points to 62.7 per cent.
The president’s approval rating from voters of all national parties – PSOE, PP, Cs, UP and Vox – stands at 36.1 per cent.
Support for Sanchez comes from the PSOE, his own party, and Unidos Podemos (UP), the Podemos-Izquierda Unida coalition, where approval has fallen by only 1.4 percentage points according to El Confidencial.
PSOE voters’ disillusion with Sanchez also spreads to his ministers. Sanchez announced a Cabinet where women outnumbered men and incorporated well-known ministers from previous socialist governments and independents respected in their fields.
Optimism has faded and 40.5 per cent of PSOE voters said they were disappointed as the performance of Sanchez’s ministers was worse than they had expected.