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Robles, Calviño and Escrivá, the highest valued ministers, and the radicals Iglesias and Irene Montero, the worst

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Margarita Robles, Nadia Calviño and José Luis Escrivá They are the three ministers of the current Government best valued by the Spanish, while Irene Montero and Pablo Iglesias are the most repudiated. This is clear from the survey carried out by Sociométrica for EL ESPAÑOL.

The first noteworthy thing about the survey is that the ratings obtained by the Council of Ministers are, in general, very poor. In fact, all of its members are suspended by the citizenry except for the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, and the Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño.

Of the two approved, Robles is the one with the highest rating (6,75), with almost one point difference over Calvin (5,84). The Defense Minister only displeased 29.7% of those surveyed, compared to 39.6% who disapproved of the work of the Economy Minister.

On the other hand, the most radical members of the current Government of Spain are those that obtain a worse valuation between the Spaniards. Of the four worst rated, three are ministers of United We Can: Alberto Garzón (2.66), Pablo Iglesias (2.56) and Irene Montero (2.19). They are joined by the Minister of Education, Isabel Celáa (2.25), who is rejected by 75.7% of Spaniards.

Best rated

The results are quickly explained from the actions of each other throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The degree of usefulness that Spaniards perceive from each minister is fundamental for their assessment, as well as institutional decorum and forms.

For all this, Margaret Robles It has long been the government’s favorite among the Spanish. This good consideration has been helped by the participation of the three Army corps and the Military Emergency Unit (UME) in the “Operation Balmis”, which is how the Jemad baptized his mission during the validity of the state of alarm.

But his public interventions also play in his favor, in which he has always shown an institutional and moderate profile, fleeing political polemics, and marking a distance with the populist forms of his United We Can partners.


The approved to Nadia Calvin It can be explained from Spain’s access to the reconstruction fund that the EU has allocated to the countries to face the economic crisis derived from the coronavirus. The Minister of Economy approves 56.4% of Spaniards in the exercise of their functions, compared to 39.6% who suspend it.

For similar reasons, it is reasonable to think that the application of ERTE has increased the popularity of Yolanda Diaz, Minister of Labor, who has gone from a rating of 3.7 in April to 4.04 this October.

Jose Luis Escrivá is the minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations. His grade has remained practically unchanged since April, where he obtained 4.5 (0.05 less than now). Despite touching the approved, there are more Spaniards who disapprove (45.3%) than those who approve it (36.3%).

Luis Planas (4.4), Teresa Ribera (3.92), Carolina Darias (3.82) and José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes (3.58) They are the least known to Spanish citizens – according to CIS data. This would explain their high popularity: they are not punished excessively because the Spanish do not recognize them or do not know exactly what their activity consists of.

Illa, punished by Madrid

The case of the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, is paradigmatic of the management of the Government of Spain with the epidemiological situation of the Community of Madrid, which has imposed a state of alarm.


Illa has taken a toll on being the visible head of the Government in her political struggle with Isabel Díaz Ayuso. Therefore, in just half a year, its popularity has dropped considerably: from 3.7 to 3.29. Further, its detractors (68.4%) double its defenders (34.2%).

This, together with the survey published today by EL ESPAÑOL and which predicts Ayuso’s advantage as the first force, shows that the Spanish do not buy that the offensive of the left against the Community of Madrid was based on exclusively health arguments, as it has always defended the socialist minister.

As for the rest of the Socialist ministers, here they are ordered by qualifications: Pedro Duque (3.76), Reyes Maroto (3.74), Arancha González Laya (3.73), María Jesús Montero (3.15), José Luis Ábalos (2.95), Carmen Calvo (2.74), Fernando Grande-Marlaska (2.74), Juan Carlos Campo (2.73) and Isabel Celáa (2.25).

Garzón, Iglesias and Montero

The ministers of United We Can Alberto Garzón (2.66), Pablo Iglesias (2.56) and Irene Montero (2.19) are the worst valued by the Spanish, thus punishing their radicalism and little contribution to the coronavirus crisis.

The Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzon, has made the news during the second wave of the pandemic for his outbursts, unbecoming of a member of the Government. His attacks on the Monarchy and Felipe VI, whom he accused of “maneuvering against the democratically elected Government,” are still recent, in reference to the King’s courtesy call to the president of the Supreme to thank him for remembering him during the delivery of dispatches to the new judges in Barcelona.

Of his work as a minister, the most notable is his crusade against advertising in betting houses. This has recently been joined by his willingness to raise taxes on soft drinks.

The second vice president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, has been showing low popularity for some time. In the latest barometer published by EL ESPAÑOL, citizens rated their performance in government with a 3.3. Now, it falls almost eight tenths (2.56).

And it is that Iglesias has just been charged for the alleged crimes crimes of discovery and disclosure of secrets aggravated by gender, computer damage, false report or simulation of crime in relation to the proceedings in which the leak to the press of compromising messages for the leader of Podemos stored in the memory of the mobile phone of his former advisor Dina Bousselham is investigated.

The Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, was already the worst valued in her day (2.5), although her popularity continues to decline among the Spanish at a frenetic rate (2.19). Her last public appearance was to announce her intention to repeal the 2015 pregnancy termination law reform to allow the minors between 16 and 18 years old can abort without parental consent – or knowledge. A law that has already been criticized by psychologists in this medium.


2,103 surveys have been completed throughout Spain, of which 1,310 in the Community of Madrid, through SocioMétrica’s own online panel (n = 6,900), managed through the Gandia Integra platform (c), between the 15th and the October the 17th. The resulting subsample is weighted for the total national census by sex, age, municipal size, rural / urban habitat, and employment status, and reweighting by vote recall in the 10-N elections. Since it is a non-probability sampling, there is no sampling error, but convergence by interaction for the national total, which is 97% according to the algorithm implemented in Barbwin de Tesi (c). Sociométrica is a partner of Insights + Analytics Spain, a business branch, a Data Science association that integrates Aneimo and Aedemo.

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