SEVENTEENTH EDITION OF THE BAROMETER OF THE ELCANO ROYAL INSTITUTE (April 2008) |
- Universe: General Spanish population, aged 18 and over.
- Sample size: N = 1,200 interviewees.
- Interview methodology used: 740 Telephone (call to interviewee’s home)
- Sample structure: Stratified, directly proportionate to the distribution of the
Spanish population with proportionate quotas according to age and sex.
- Sample error: ±2.9% for global data (1,200n); ±4.1% for sub-samples
(800n), p = q = 0.5 and a confidence interval of 95.5%.
- Survey period: between 26 March and 9 April 2008.
- Field work: Gabinete de Análisis Demoscópico (GAD).
A MORE CENTRAL ROLE FOR FOREIGN POLICY
Now that the parliamentary term is over, how much attention did the Zapatero government pay to foreign policy compared to other areas?
During the debates between the presidential election candidates, how important do you think foreign policy was?
And how much importance do you expect the next government to attach to
Quite coherently, Spaniards support the armed forces’ missions abroad because
they are peace missions and because of Spain’s international commitments, which equally
justify its presence in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Kosovo and Bosnia.
What is your view of the presence of Spanish troops in...?
‘YES’ TO THE LISBON TREATY, ‘NO’ TO BLAIR
The EU has recently designated Felipe González to lead the
‘reflection group’ to consider the Union’s future. What do you think of this?
Do you think that European citizens should be able to participate in this debate in some way?
Do you think that the European authorities care about what European citizens think?: yes, absolutely; they only care about countries like France; not at all.
What is your opinion of the Lisbon Treaty that replaces the Constitutional Treaty which was put to referendum in Spain?
The EU is set to appoint a President. The possible candidates include Tony Blair. What would you think of such an appointment?
Reaction to the choice of Tony Blair as EU president, by self-styled ideological position
SPANIARDS PREFER OBAMA
The fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq was marked recently. Do you think the war was worth it?
In your view, are the Iraqis better off, the same or worse off now than under Saddam Hussein?
Do you think that if Obama wins the elections there will be a change in US foreign policy?
Of the three candidates, which do you think is best for Spain’s interests?
CRITICISM OF CHINA, BUT ‘NO’ TO A BOYCOTT
Although the war on terror, in particular Guantánamo and the CIA’s secret flights, tarnished the image of the US, Spaniards currently believe that China has less respect for human rights than the US does.
In your view, which country has most respect for human rights?
Could you tell me what degree of trust you have in the following personalities?
Would you be in favour of Spain boycotting the Olympic Games as a means of pressure to persuade the Chinese authorities to respect human rights?