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the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

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

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Party’s support basePro-choice, and providing birth control, sex education, and more social services will help reduce the number of abortions

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

  Public statementsYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Domestic Policy  ›  Catalonia Independence

Should Catalonia become an independent state?

  Public statementsNo


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Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Euthanasia

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

  Party’s support baseYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the minimum wage?

  Public statementsYes, and adjust it every year according to inflation

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should the government abolish the inheritance tax?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Financial Crisis

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

  Party’s support baseYes, if it is proven that they knowingly committed a crime

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

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

  Party’s support baseLess, and provide more government funding

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo

Education  ›  University Tuition

Should tuition at public universities be free?

  Party’s support baseNo, but free for low-income students with excellent grades

the Economy  ›  VAT Rates

Should VAT rates be increased or decreased?

  Party’s support baseDecrease, but only on food and medicine

Elections  ›  Lifetime Salaries for Politicians

Should lifetime salaries for politicians be eliminated?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Spain raise taxes on the rich?

  Party’s support baseLower the income tax rate and remove all existing tax loopholes for large corporations

Social  ›  Animal Rights

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

  Party’s support baseYes, and the government should do more to protect the treatment of animals

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Party’s support baseYes, they are essential to protecting other children who are too young to be vaccinated

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Should Spain withdraw from the European Union?

  Party’s support baseNo, but renegotiate for strict limits on migration into the country and the terms of our monetary contributions

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

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

  Party’s support baseNo, and disallow politicians that are under investigation for a crime

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

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?

  Party’s support baseYes, and ban all disposable products that are not made of at least 75% of biodegradable material

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Party’s support baseYes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Domestic Violence

Should the government fund rehabilitation programs for domestic violence offenders?

  Party’s support baseNo, increase punishment and prison sentences for offenders instead

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

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

  Party’s support baseNo, focus on ending tax evasion instead

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Citizenship

Should all immigrants living in Spain be granted citizenship?

  Public statementsNo

Immigration  ›  Ceuta and Melilla Border

Should the government secure the border of Ceuta and Melilla?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of parliament?

  Public statementsYes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruption

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  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Party’s support baseHelp, in theory but have recently become corrupt and should have their powers limited

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Party’s support baseNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into Spain?

  Party’s support baseNo, but we should spend more to increase our border security

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  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Spain accept refugees from Syria?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only after extensive background checks and continuous monitoring to ensure they have no terrorist connections

Foreign Policy  ›  United Nations

Should Spain maintain a presence at the United Nations?

  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only if the spending goes towards environmentally friendly solutions

Crime  ›  Judicial Investigations

Should judges be allowed to create political investigations?

  Party’s support baseYes, recent investigations have led to important corruption cases

Healthcare  ›  Contraception

Should the government provide greater access to contraception?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  EU Migrant Quota

Should the EU impose a quota of migrants per country?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Party’s support baseNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Elections  ›  Political Party Subsidies

Should political parties receive money from the government?

  Party’s support baseNo, funding should come from their members

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  Party’s support baseNo, but we should ban immigrants from “high risk” countries

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

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Public statementsYes, for most but not all drugs

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

  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?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  North African Territories

Should African migrants be deported from the North African territories?

  Public statementsYes

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Public statementsYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Spanish flag?

  Party’s support baseNo, I don’t respect anyone who does but they should have the right to do so

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

Foreign Policy  ›  Post Brexit UK

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?

  Public statementsIncrease

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo, I do not believe in the death penalty

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

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

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 baseYes

Social  ›  Niqāb

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

  Public statementsNo

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should Spain assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Party’s support baseNo, they should be captured and given a fair trial

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

  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

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Party’s support baseNo, but we should increase funding to offer education and skill building services for prisoners

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Army

Do you support the creation of a European Army?

  Party’s support baseYes

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?

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union Countries

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Muslim Business

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

  Public statementsYes, there are too many muslim businesses in the town center

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Party’s support baseNo, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

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

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Canary Island Oil Exploration

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

  Public statementsYes

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  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)?

  Party’s support baseNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet