Posted on October 29, 2004

Spaniards Worry More About Immigration, Poll Finds

Expatica, Oct. 28

MADRID — Unemployment and terrorism are the main concerns facing Spain, according to a poll published Thursday.

The authoritative Centre for Sociological Investigation found immigration has moved to third place in the concerns of Spaniards.

The poll found 62.6 percent of people questioned said unemployment — now standing at 10 percent — was the biggest problem which faced the country.

After that, 44.4 percent said that terrorism was the country’s major concern while 21.9 percent ranked immigration as the biggest issue.

In an earlier poll, only 5 percent said they believed immigration was Spain’s major concern.

The fourth major issue is housing according to 19.4 percent of those questioned.

In terms of problems which personally affected those questioned, 33.4 percent said unemployment was their biggest worry, while economic problems ranked second, with 19.3 percent saying this concerned them.

Housing came close behind, with 18.2 percent of those questioned saying it was their biggest worry.

Other problems facing Spaniards were job insecurity (17.7 percent), economic problems (12.4 percent), drugs (10.3 percent) and political problems (7.4 percent).

A notable change in this poll was how people ranked domestic violence as a national problem.

Only four percent of those questioned said it was the country’s most important issue, whereas eight percent gave this answer in an earlier poll.

The poll was carried out amongst 2,847 people in 168 towns or cities across Spain with a margin for error of less than two percent.