A poll says Spain's ruling Socialists are heading to a crushing defeat by the conservatives in Spain's Nov. 20 elections as Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's party battles a nearly 21 percent jobless rate and a debt crisis.
The Metroscopia poll published Monday in El Pais newspaper says the Popular Party has a 14.1 percentage point lead over the Socialists. The margin of error was 3.2 points.
Spain is experiencing anemic economic growth and seeing its borrowing costs rise perilously as part of the European debt crisis.
The survey found 81 percent of Socialists supporters polled expect their party to lose the election, and only 37 percent think their candidate for prime minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, has a clear plan to resurrect the economy.