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Poll shows fall in Spanish monarchy's popularity

Friday - 5/3/2013, 8:45am  ET

King Juan Carlos of Spain sits in the stands prior to the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday April 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Alberto Di Lolli)

MADRID (AP) -- A government agency poll indicates the Spanish monarchy's popularity rating has plunged to unprecedented levels.

The Center for Sociological Research said Friday that on a scale from 0 to 10, those questioned for its April survey rated the royal family at 3.68, down from 4.89 in October, 2011, the last time the question was asked.

King Juan Carlos's ratings have plummeted since he went on a luxurious elephant hunting safari last year during Spain's crippling financial crisis. Recently, one of his princess daughters and her husband have been named as suspects in a corruption scandal, a first for a member of the king's immediate family.

The poll quizzed 2,482 people, and has an error margin of 2 percent.


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