I have felt sure that Catalans would show their discontent with Zapatero in next year’s March elections. An opinion poll published today suggests that I am totally wrong. Catalans are worried about the state of infrastructure here, but do not seem to hold the government responsible. Instead, PSC reach their best poll figures ever.
Pro-Spain columnists will want to interpret the figures as a proof that there exists a silent majority against an independent Catalonia - both right wing Catalanistes CiU and left wing equivalents ERC get lower figures than in the latest parliamentary elections. However, this is contradicted by the fact that PPC, proportionally, lose even more and that newcomers Ciutadans do not seem to take off.
The only winners are in fact Zapatero’s socialists - a surprise Christmas gift from Catalonia.