The five most significant indicators have been shown here in previous occasions. The three economic indicators derive from the Consumer Sentiment Index (ISC) that compares R’s perceptions about his/her 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’s performance (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, and values below the equilibrium level imply that pessimist and dissatisfied Rs predominate.
The three economic indicators have remained, with small variations, below the equilibrium level since the 2004 elections, and they have decreased even more since January 2009, probably due to the economic crisis, reaching even lower values than those obtained during the economic crisis of 1991-93, and therefore the lowest values ever since this time series was initiated in October 1986.
But the two political indicators have also fallen significantly since the general elections of 2004, with a similar descendent 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, which has been below the equilibrium level since the last elections of 2008, has brought this indicator to a level almost as low as the one reached under the Socialist Government between the elections of 1993 and 1996.