In a poll conducted last month by the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, it seems that the popularity of His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain has dropped significantly in the last year.
“The poll concluded that 50.1% of the 1,000 people surveyed by Sigma Dos Institute for El Mundo considered that the balance of his 37-year reign has been ‘very good’ (6.6%) or ‘good’ (43.5%), compared with 76.4% a year earlier. Support for the monarchy falls to a low of 54%.
57.8% of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 does not consider the monarchy to be the best for Spain.”
El Mundo notes that the reasons why His Majesty’s popularity has dropped: The lavish elephant slaughtering vacation he took last year with his “alleged” mistress and the “… corruption probe of his son-in-law, The Duke of Parma.”
Despite the bad news His Majesty can be happy about one thing this week: His birthday. The old king turns 75 years young on Saturday.