Andalucians question reason for early election

A SUBSTANTIAL 58 per cent of socialist voters in Andalucia do not want Susana Diaz, current president of the region, to stand for selection as a candidate for the general election.

Ms Diaz’s decision to dissolve the region’s three-year coalition between the PSOE party she is head of and Izquierda Unida and call early elections, claiming that the pact had become too unstable, has been received with disapproval by many of the party’s voters, who believe her decision was motivated by personal reasons.

More than half, 54.9 per cent, of Andalucian citizens believe that Diaz’s main intention was to run for primary elections and become a candidate for national office.

However, only 27.2 per cent of Andalucian citizens and a 34.2 of socialist voters believe her to be an appropriate choice for the national elections, while 42.1 per cent of socialist voters think that the current general secretary of the PSOE, Pedro Sanchez, remains a better option to lead the party nationally.

The data was provided by a survey carried out by Sigma Dos for Spanish newspaper El Mundo, which also shows that current voting intentions would leave PSOE with an insufficient majority in Andalucia, and force it to create a new pact with the PP or Podemos.

In addition, only a 23.5 per cent of Andalucian citizens said they believed Ms Diaz when she said instability was the reason she had called early elections, and only 36.5 socialist voters interviewed accepted that explanation.

Susana Diaz assured voters that she was not interested in running for national elections, saying: “The only train I want to take is the Andalucian train.”

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