New Spanish left-wing party Podemos (We can) has completely changed Spain's political panorama just eight months after it was created. In a poll published on Saturday by Spanish newspaper El País, Podemos over-took the country's two main parties in electoral support.
According to the poll, which was conducted by Metroscopia, Podemos has 27 percent electoral support in Spain, the former governing party PSOE (Spain Socialist Workers Party) has 25.5 percent, while the currently governing conservative PP (Popular Party), which has recently being involved in a corruption scandal, has only 20 percent.
The growth of Podemos, lead by university professor Pablo Iglesias, reflects how fed-up citizens in Spain are of corruption and the inability of their current representatives to address the country's problems.
Both of Spain's main parties lost support since October's poll. The most punished party was the PP, which lost 10 points, while PSOE lost only five percentage points of support. In August, Podemos only had 10.7 percent of electoral support.
“The accumulated anger of recent years leads [people] to believe that Podemos is the best alternative for giving the traditional parties a punishment for failing to improve the political and economical situation.” published El País in it's Sunday's editorial.
Various leftist intellectuals and politicians created Podemos in January 2014, in reaction to the social setbacks that the economic crisis has caused in Spain. Two months later, Podemos surprised Europe by winning five seats in the European Parliament after elections last March.
Podemos has proposed to keep Spain's health and education systems public and free, instead of continuing the privatization process that the conservative government has pushed. The party also aims to end corruption in the political system.