MADRID – A government-run poll indicates that Spain's recently formed leftist party Podemos is closing in on the mainstream Socialist opposition party and the ruling conservatives.
Wednesday's poll found that if elections were held tomorrow, 22.5 percent of voters would choose Podemos (We Can), against 23.9 for the Socialists and 27.5 percent for the governing Popular Party.
The CIS poll of 2,480 adults had a margin of error of 2 percent.
In a similar poll in July, Podemos garnered 15.3 percent, the Socialists 21.2 percent and the Popular Party 30 percent.
General elections will be held in 2015.
Led by pony-tailed Professor Pablo Iglesias, Podemos was founded in January and grew out of 2011 protests against corruption and economic cutbacks.
It won five seats in May's European Parliament elections, the party's first.