- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

MADRID (AP) - Popularity ratings for Spain’s King Felipe VI are high one year into the monarch’s reign, stemming a plunge registered under his scandal-hit father, an opinion poll published Monday showed.

The poll in El Mundo newspaper indicates 75.1 percent of Spaniards think Felipe is a good king for Spain, while 19 percent think the opposite and 5.9 percent did not know or did not answer.

Another question showed 61.5 percent backed the monarchy, compared with 49.9 percent in a similar poll in January 2014, before King Juan Carlos abdicated in Felipe’s favor.

The poll, carried out by the Sigma Dos firm, quizzed 1,100 people in fixed and mobile telephone line interviews June 9-11. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Felipe, 46, said he intended to restore public trust in the monarchy on becoming king in June 2014 when Juan Carlos abdicated after a four-decade reign.

On Friday, he stripped his sister Princess Cristina of her title as Duchess of Palma de Mallorca in the latest move to distance the royal family from the princess as she awaits trial for tax fraud.

The tax case was one of many scandals that helped erode the once immense popularity of Juan Carlos. The former king also sparked public anger by taking a secret elephant-hunting trip to Botswana in 2012 at the height of Spain’s financial crisis.


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