If a general election were held in Spain tomorrow, the ruling conservative Partido Popular (PP) would still be the largest party in the national parliament but only just, according to latest data from official pollsters CIS.
The survey, conducted from 1-10 April, shows that the PP vote has declined from 33 per cent in the 2016 general election to 24 per cent today. The main beneficiary of the negative change in the PP has been the centrist Ciudadanos party, which would be the second largest political force in a fresh vote, with 22.4 per cent of support.
The vote for Ciudadanos, a relatively new party led by Albert Rivera, has now overtaken the traditional main alternative party, the Socialist PSOE, (22 per cent), and also left-wingers Podemos (19.6 per cent).
This is the worst performance ever in CIS surveys for the PP and the first time that the PSOE party has fallen into third place.
Ciudadanos is said to be attracting moderate voters mostly from the PP and some from the PSOE who are reacting to ongoing high-profile corruption scandals and discontent over the handling of the political crisis in Catalonia.