The five most significant indicators have been shown here in other occasions. The three economic indicators derive from the Consumer Sentiment Index (ISC) that compares R’s perceptions about his personal economic situation (Optimism, IO) and that of Spain (Evaluation of the Economic Situation, IESE) at present, in the past and in the immediate future. The two political indicators measure Satisfaction with how Democracy is working (ISD), and Satisfaction with the Government (ISG). The five indicators are based on scales 0 to 200, with equilibrium level at 100, so that all values above the equilibrium level imply that optimists and satisfied Rs predominate over pessimists and dissatisfied Rs. The three economic indicators have remained, with small variations, below the equilibrium level during the full legislature, and they have decreased even more during the last few months, probably due to the economic crisis. But the two political indicators have fallen significantly since the general elections of 2004, with a similar gradient to that observed in the second legislature (2000-2004) of the PP (not in the first one, 1996-2000), though Satisfaction with how Democracy is working remains at a high level. But the constant decrease of Satisfaction with the Government, taking into account that this is the first legislature of the present Government, constitutes an unprecedented fact compared both with PSOE’s and PP’s governments.
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