STAFF REPORTER

THE Balearic government gave a cautious welcome yesterday to a survey undertaken by the the Centre for Sociological Investigation (CIS) which claimed that more people approved of Francesc Antich as President of the Balearic Islands than disapproved.

According to research, 4 in every 10 island residents approve of the management of Antich, 33.4 percent do not, and 18.6 percent neither approved nor disapproved.

Government spokesman, Joana Barcelo, speaking after a cabinet meeting, said that whilst it was acknowledged that the CIS survey had been quite limited in the number of people it had included, there were other factors emerging from the research such as the fact that the Majorcan Unionist party was the political group which was most rebuffed by the public and that the Socialists were the party which offered the least opposition to regional government measures.

She also pointed to figures in the survey which suggested that the public believed the Balearic Islands to be the “best off” amongst all regions of Spain in terms of current economic conditions.

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