An opinion poll, conducted by SW Demoscopia and to which SUR has been granted exclusive access, shows that support for Ciudadanos (C's) in Mijas has grown since the last elections in 2015.
C's mayor, Juan Carlos Maldonado, who was first installed as part of a coalition agreement with the PP and later the PSOE, was considered, according to the poll, the best leader, obtaining a score of 6.16. He is ahead of the PSOE's Fuensanta Lima (5.28) and former PP mayor Ángel Nozal (5.16).
Lima, however, will not be a candidate in the next elections as she was named a senator on Wednesday.
The survey, which sampled 600 people across Mijas (Las Lagunas, Mijas Pueblo, La Cala and various 'urbanisations') both in person and over the phone, found that if the next election were now, the C's would gain a 33.7 per cent share of the vote and between 9 and 10 councillors. It also showed that the PP's 11 councillors from 2015 would reduce to between 7 and 8 with a 27.8 per cent vote share.
These figures come as a boost to the Ciudadanos party for whom Mijas is the largest municipality under their control.