King Juan Carlos of Spain has seen how in recent months his popularity has been decreasing, because of a corruption scandal involving the monarchy, as stated in a survey published by El País newspaper, yesterday.
According to the survey, before the imputation of the infanta Cristina’s statement, second daughter of the monarch, 53% of respondents “disapprove” the way in which the King exercised duties, against 42% approval.
This negative balance of 11 points, is contrary to December of last year, when they carried out a similar survey that gave the monarch a positive balance of 21 points.
The image of King Juan Carlos, who remained popular for a long time by having guaranteed the democratic transition in Spain after Franco’s death in 1975, began to decline in the spring of 2012, following an episode of hunting of elephants in Botswana, to which he apologized publicly to the country.
The investigation against Iñaki Urdangarin, husband of the infanta Cristina, by the diversion of a million euros of public funds, and the call to Justice to the Princess, have caused the monarchy to fall into an unprecedented crisis.
Given that the situation of the husband of the infanta committed has compromised the image of the Royal household, it is rumored that there will be an imminent separation between them.