Poll suggests new Spain election wouldn't resolve stalemate

A poll suggests that if Spain were to hold new elections no party would obtain a majority and negotiations for a coalition government would continue as now except anti-austerity Podemos party would lose support to business-oriented Ciudadanos.

Elections held Dec. 20 produced a fragmented parliament with no party winning a majority.

A survey by pollster Metroscopia published Sunday by El Pais newspaper says the conservative Popular Party has the support of 26 percent of voters against 23.1 percent for the Socialist Party, 19.5 percent for centrist Ciudadanos and 16.8 for far-left Podemos.

Metroscopia says its poll questioned 1,200 adults by telephone on March 8-9, and it has a 2.9 percentage-point margin of error.