King’s first year anniversary finds strong support for his reign

TODAY marks one year since Felipe de Borbon became king of Spain. The royal household has gained renewed popular support since the abdication of Juan Carlos I as 81 per cent of people in Spain approve the new king, according to a study carried out by researchers Metroscopia on June 15 and 16.
As many as 74 per cent of interviewees also approve of Queen Letizia’s activities. The favourable opinion of the royal couple has been confirmed amongst voters of all ideologies.
Out of those who said they voted conservative, 98 per cent approved of the new king and queen. The support amongst socialist party PSOE and independent party Ciudadanos voters was identical at 90 per cent.
On the other hand, independent anti-austerity party Podemos voters displayed a lower level of approval, with 64 per cent taking a positive attitude to the king and 62 per cent to the queen.
This level of support has been accredited by the authors of the report to the “impartial and non-biased way” in which Felipe VI carries out his duties, according to 66 per cent of interviewees. A total of 78 per cent stressed the new king “projects a positive image of Spain abroad.”
Sixty-three per cent of interviewees believe that the monarchy provides the country with stability, beyond the repeated change of government representatives.

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