Majority of Spaniards say Gibraltar is and issue of little interest for foreign policy
A survey by the leading Spanish think tank Real Instituto Elcano has found that nearly 60% of those polled believe Gibraltar is of little or no importance to Spanish foreign policy.
The survey of 1000 people also found that Spaniards were divided on how their government should handle the row over fishing in Gibraltar waters.
Over 44% of those asked said steps should be taken to reduce the tension, while 10% said more diplomatic pressure should be brought to be on Gibraltar.
The answers were clearly dependent on the political ideology of the respondent.
About half of those on the right of the political spectrum believed Gibraltar was an important issue for Spain’s foreign policy, a percentage that dropped to 32% for those in the centre and 30% for those on the left.
A similar split was evident in questions relating to the fishing dispute, with six out of every 10 rightwing respondents backing a tougher stance, while 51% of those of leftwing conviction wanted less tension at sea.
In the centre ground, 44% of respondents wanted firmer measures against 42% urging a softer approach.