ELECTION CALL: New poll shows more than half of Spaniards want early national vote

Castalla invests €55,500 euros in grants for local students and elite sportspeople. Image: Castalla Town Hall

ALMOST 55 per cent of Spaniards want to go to the polls early for a snap general election if the government’s budget is voted down, according to a new survey.
The poll, from Sigma Dos and a prominent Spanish newspaper, showed supporters of all parties including the ruling left-leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE) wanted to bring the date of a national ballot forward.
The next Spanish general election has to be held no later than 2020. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has repeatedly ruled out calling an early vote.
The Sigma Dos poll found 54.8 per cent of Spaniards would be in favour of holding an election this March of the government fails to pass its budget.
The ruling PSOE is currently governing as a minority and relies on the support of smaller parties including the leftist Podemos and regional groups to pass legislation.

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