socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero,
is a solid 20 points ahead of his opposition rival, Mariano
Rajoy, according to a recent opinion poll, Agence
France-Presse reports. Some 55% of those questioned
had a favorable opinion of the prime minister, while
only 35% said the same of Rajoy, the head of the right-wing
Popular Party, according to the survey carried out for
the daily economics paper Expansion.
came to power in April 2004 and helped push through the
full legalization of same-sex marriage, was unpopular among
37% of those asked, while the performance of the
opposition leader drew a negative response from 55%.
The Ipsos Institute questioned 1,000 Spaniards