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María Esther Merino Portugal’s Policies

These issues below are sorted in descending order based on how important the average Spanish [people] voter ranked them on the quiz.

Topics

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

  Party’s support baseYes, and businesses should be required to publish their salary ranges for each position

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbasePro-choice

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo


Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should the government abolish the inheritance tax?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the minimum wage?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes, and adjust it every year according to inflation

Domestic Policy  ›  Catalonia Independence

Should Catalonia become an independent state?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo, spending life in prison is a harsher sentence

the Economy  ›  Financial Crisis

Should bankers be criminally charged for their roles in the financial crisis?

  Party influenceNo

the Economy  ›  VAT Rates

Should VAT rates be increased or decreased?

  Party’s support baseDecrease

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of hospital and healthcare services?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseLess

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should tuition at public universities be free?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Lifetime Salaries for Politicians

Should lifetime salaries for politicians be eliminated?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Monarchy

Do you prefer a monarchy or republican system of government?

  Party’s support baseMonarchy

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Should Spain withdraw from the European Union?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Spain raise taxes on the rich?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Animal Rights

Should the government ban cultural ceremonies that involve the killing of animals for entertainment?

  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes, but only increase funding for personalized care instead of subsidizing pharmaceutical companies

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

  Party’s support baseYes, but in the form of tax breaks for all citizens

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Single Family Tax Break

Should single families with more than two children receive a tax break?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Ceuta and Melilla Border

Should the government secure the border of Ceuta and Melilla?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo, increase taxes on the wealthy instead

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

  Party’s support baseMore

Domestic Policy  ›  Domestic Violence

Should the government fund rehabilitation programs for domestic violence offenders?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Citizenship

Should all immigrants living in Spain be granted citizenship?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of parliament?

  Party’s support baseYes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruption

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  COVID Employment Health Pass

Should the government require employees of large businesses to be vaccinated from COVID?

  Party’s support baseNo, I think businesses should require vaccination but not by government mandate

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Party’s support baseHurt

Social  ›  Gender Transition

Should people under the age of 18 years old be able to receive gender-transition treatments?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Spain raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Party’s support baseLower

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Spain maintain a presence at the United Nations?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Indefinite Contract Worker

Should companies that hire workers on indefinite contracts receive a tax break?

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Judicial Investigations

Should judges be allowed to create political investigations?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Hate Speech

Should hate speech be protected by freedom of speech laws?

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as it does not threaten violence

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo, but we should ban immigrants from “high risk” countries

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  COVID-19 Vaccine

Will you get the Covid-19 vaccine once it is ready?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Healthcare  ›  Contraception

Should the government provide greater access to contraception?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  North Korea Military Strikes

Should Spain conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?

  Party’s support baseNo, we should let China address this issue

the Economy  ›  Four-day Workweek

Should Spain transition to a four-day workweek?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo, but decriminalize drugs that offer medicinal benefits such as marijuana

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only if releasing the information does not threaten our national security

Immigration  ›  North African Territories

Should African migrants be deported from the North African territories?

  Party influenceYes

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should Spanish citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Spanish flag?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes, but not for cosmetics

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseYes, temporarily while we increase investment into cleaner renewable alternatives

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine and Nato

Should Ukraine join NATO?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in Spain, have the right to vote?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only after living in the country for 10 years

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete against athletes that differ from their assigned sex at birth?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only if their hormone levels are equivalent to those in the gender category in which they compete

Healthcare  ›  Vaccine Mandates for Customers

Should private businesses have the right to ask customers for their vaccination status?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Post Brexit UK

Should the UK be allowed to access European Markets once they leave the EU?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

  Party’s support baseNo, but allow donations from unions and non-profits

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Party’s support baseIncrease

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to Spain be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

  Party’s support baseYes, unless they have committed a crime

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize Spanish farmers?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only as a temporary measure to stabilize prices

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

  Party influenceNo

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should Spain assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo, capture, interrogate, and imprison them instead

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  U.S. Surveillance

Should the government prosecute the U.S. for the widespread surveillance of Spanish citizens' private phone calls and emails?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukraine

Should the U.S. and NATO use military forces to defend Ukraine from a Russian invasion?

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Demilitarize the Police

Should police departments be allowed to use military grade equipment?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  State Ownership

Should the government acquire equity stakes in companies it bails out during a recession?

  Party’s support baseNo, the government should never own shares of private companies

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Army

Do you support the creation of a European Army?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Central EU Agency

Should intelligence agencies be merged to create a central EU agency?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  European Commission

Should the European Commission be dismantled?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Taliban Financial Aid

Should the World Bank and International Monetary Fund provide financial aid to the Taliban government in Afghanistan?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?

  Party influenceNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Muslim Business

Should the government limit the number of Muslim businesses that can operate in the town center?

  Party’s support baseNo, this will slow economic growth

Immigration  ›  Migrant Children

Should the children of migrants who live in French territories be allowed to join their families?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Backstop

Should the U.K. and Northern Ireland remain in the EU’s customs area after Brexit?

  Party’s support baseNo

Housing  ›  Homeless Encampments

Should homeless individuals, that have refused available shelter or housing, be allowed to sleep or encamp on public property?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Senate

Should the power of the Senate be transferred to regional councils?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union Countries

Should the number of countries in the European Union be reduced to 15?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Do you support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Ukrainian Defense Funding

Should Spain provide military supplies and funding to Ukraine?

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Defunding the Police

Should funding for local police departments be redirected to social and community based programs?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  World Health Organization

Should the government fund the World Health Organization?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only relative to the amount that other countries contribute

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Cryptocurrency

Should the government classify cryptocurrencies as legal forms of payment?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Canary Island Oil Exploration

Should the government allow oil exploration off of the Canary Islands?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

  María Esther Merino Portugal voterbaseNo, this would allow them to remove competition, create artificial scarcity, and increase prices