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Poll: New Spanish leftist party is most popular

November 2, 2014

MADRID (AP) — A poll shows the recently-formed Spanish leftist party Podemos has risen to become the most popular choice among Spanish voters.

A poll by private pollster Metroscopia — published Sunday by newspaper El Pais — shows 27.7 percent of voters would choose Podemos (We Can) if parliamentary elections were held tomorrow, against 26.2 percent for the opposition Socialist party and 20.7 percent for the ruling conservative Popular Party.

Podemos, led by pony-tailed professor Pablo Iglesias, emerged from grass-roots protests in 2011 demanding a more transparent democracy.

It won five seats on 8 percent of the vote in May’s European Parliament elections despite being formed just four months previously.

The poll quizzed 1,000 adults and has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

General elections will be held in 2015.

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