Palma.—The results of a poll carried out for our sister paper Ultima Hora this week has revealed that the Balearic population is pretty much evenly split in their opinions about the austerity cuts being introduced by the Balearics President, Jose Ramon Buaza.

According to the finding, 52 percent of the general public apparently approve of the cuts, despite the opposition's claims that they are going to cripple the basic services such as education, health and social services.

What is more, unsurprisingly, 75 percent of Partido Popular voters support the cuts, although that does mean that one in four PP voters do not approve of the government's policy.

But, it appears that the vast majority of those who did support the government's harsh cut backs are PP voters.
79 percent of Socialist voters are deeply opposed to the austerity plan and, when it comes to far left voters, the figures rise to nearly 90 percent.

However, despite the differences in opinion over the cuts, in general, the majority of the public understand the need for them.
In fact, 74 percent of the population admitted that the austerity plan was necessary. Nevertheless, 93 percent of the population are furious over the increase in VAT and 91 are against the rise in income tax which came into force at the end of last month.

What is more, 90 percent are not happy about an increase in the price of public transport and it was more or less impossible to find any one who welcomed the forthcoming five cents hike in the price of a litre of petrol to raise much needed funds for the struggling regional health service.

But, despite the mix of opinions, support for this month's general strike is rather low with 61 percent opposed to it.

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