Support for the Spanish People's party government is ebbing away as concern about terrorism and separatism dominates the general election campaign, according to opinion polls published yesterday.
Nine days before polling, its lead over the opposition Socialists has fallen to 5-7 points.
Two months ago some polls gave [the PP] a lead of almost 11 points.
Before the attacks, polls gave [the PP] a 3-5% point lead over the Socialists...
A lot of people were already angry with the goverment before the 11-M, but many of them didn't feel happy with the socialist party either. But it's true that after the bombs, and when the spaniards realized that it was not ETA, and after the way the government handled the situation, many people decided to vote against the goverment. It was a punishment to the goverment more than a reward to the socialists.
[I]t was crazy to go ahead with an election a mere three days after the Madrid massacre.
If a terrorist group attacked the U.S. three days before an election, does anyone doubt that the American electorate would rally behind the president or at least the most aggressively antiterror party?
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