Monday, March 4

80% of Spaniards want more taxes for polluting activities, according to the CIS

In the midst of the fiscal debate that shakes public opinion these days, this Monday it was known that 80% of Spaniards welcome the application of more taxes green activities that pollute the most and release greenhouse gases, according to the first CIS Prospective Survey.

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Eight out of ten people who were asked strongly agree or quite agree with taxing these activities, among which are the consumption of fossil fuels for transportation -both air, sea and road-, intensive industrial livestock farming or power generation with coal or natural gas.

This CIS survey, which explores the opinions of Spaniards regarding the direction of the country for the next ten years, reflects a high concern for environmental issues. In fact, 89% of citizens consider that greater environmental protection is needed. Even if this defense entails higher costs for companies (79%) and consumers themselves (66%).

These figures are similar to those offered by a recent study carried out by Esade and the Carlos III University in which the majority of Spaniards attached “great importance” to the problem of climate change, although, at the same time, they rejected specific measures that would affect them in their daily lives, such as the increase in taxes on car fuels, the most polluting cars or the consumption of meat.

Among the measures to tackle air pollution and gas emissions that the CIS questions, the most supported is the reinforcement of urban public transport and the train for medium and long-distance journeys. The restriction of car access to city centers also reaches 74%. The least supported measure is the ban on the sale of diesel vehicles from 2035, which obtains 49.8% approval.

Four out of five would invest more in Education

On the other hand, the majority of Spaniards are also in favor of giving more relevance to research and education. To the direct question of whether these two sectors “should have more importance”, 92.1% of those surveyed answered that they should have more than now, and they believe this even at the expense of other sectors. 88.7% of that 92.1% (that is, 81.7% of the total, four out of five) are in favor of allocating more public resources to both areas, even if it is at the cost of allocating less to others.

The Prospective Survey also inquires about some more specific issues in the education sector, such as classroom practices. The majority of the population (90%) strongly or fairly agrees with “giving greater priority to learning practical skills”, among which they place issues such as teamwork or public speaking. This answer, although somewhat limited in the options, would endorse the line that Lomloe takes of tending towards a practicality of teaching.

Increasing the hours of support for students with difficulties (94.6% support) or reinforcing the public network of nursery schools (86.5%) are other issues that receive more support than rejection, along with increasing university internships and reinforcing the FP, a bet in which the Government is fully immersed.