These two concerns come from the latest six-monthly barometer, corresponding to December 2017, and relegate tourism, which had been considered Barcelona’s most serious problem in June, to fourth place, which it shares with unemployment and working conditions. The political context is also a topical issue that was incorporated into this edition of the survey, which resulted in over half of the population (52.6%) expressing their belief that the latest developments had negative consequences for the city, with the overwhelming majority against the imprisonment of the political leaders (80.5%), of the application of the Spanish Constitution’s Article 155 (75.9%) and the regional government’s unilateral declaration of Independence (62%).
More specifically, the worst consequences for Barcelona arising from the political context will affect the city’s economy, positive community life and the city’s international image. By contrast, the majority do not expect any negative effects on the running of the city’s services. In that regard, for 33%, 27% and 19% of those surveyed, the best thing for Barcelona would be for Catalonia to become an independent state, turn into a federal state within Spain and remain an independent community respectively.
These figures, according to the City Council, highlight the plurality of coexisting opinions in the city. As pointed out by the First Deputy Mayor, Gerardo Pisarello: “These results show that the public are saying that nothing is solved by imprisoning political leaders and social activists, whether by public prosecutors or judges, or by unilateral declarations of independence. Things are resolved through more politics and by putting Barcelona at the centre of priorities.”
Barcelona City Council remains positively valued
Despite the background of uncertainty, Barcelona City Council kept its positive scores, ahead of the Catalan regional government and the Spanish government. So, 54.8% of the Barcelona residents surveyed described the Council’s management as very good or good, a percentage that remained much the same as the one from the June barometer.
Meanwhile, the complicated political situation did not significantly undermine people’s perceptions of the economic recovery in both Barcelona and Catalonia as a whole or people’s perceptions of the family economy.
As for municipal policies, the Mayor was given the highest score as municipal leader for the first time, with 5.3 points. She was followed by Alfred Bosch with 5.2 points and Xavier Trias, who achieved 4.9 on average. Jaume Collboni received 4.8 points; María José Lecha, 4.6; Carina Mejías, 3.1 and Alberto Fernández Díaz, 2.4 points on average.
As for voting intentions, were municipal elections held now, the ERC would receive 16.5% of votes, followed closely by Barcelona en Comú, with 16.3% of votes. As for the other political party groups, the PSC would receive 9,3% of votes, followed by Ciutadans (6.4%), PDeCat (5.8%), CUP (3.6%) and the PP (1%).