In the middle of the fiscal debate that is shaking public opinion these days, it was revealed this Monday that 80% of Spaniards welcome the use of higher taxes. green The activity that most pollutes and emits greenhouse gases, according to the first CIS Prospective Study.
Eight out of ten people asked agree or strongly agree with taxing these activities, including the use of fossil fuels for transportation – both air, sea and road, intensive industrial animal husbandry or electricity generation from coal or natural gas.
This CIS survey, which examines Spaniards’ views on the country’s direction over the next ten years, reflects a high level of concern for environmental issues. In fact, 89% of citizens believe that more environmental protection is needed. Even if this protection comes at a greater cost to companies (79%) and consumers themselves (66%).
These figures are similar to those suggested by a recent study carried out by Essad and Carlos III University, where the majority of Spaniards attached “great importance” to the problem of climate change, however, at the same time, they rejected specific measures that would affect their daily lives, such as increasing taxes on car fuel , on the most polluting cars or meat consumption.
Among the measures to combat air pollution and gas emissions, which the CIS calls into question, the most supported is the strengthening of urban public transport and trains for medium and long-distance travel. 74% of car access restrictions in city centers. The least supported measure is banning the sale of diesel cars from 2035, with 49.8% approval.
Four out of five will invest more in education
On the other hand, the majority of Spaniards are also in favor of giving more relevance to research and education. When directly asked whether these two sectors should have more importance, 92.1% of respondents answered that they should have more than they do now, and they believe this even at the expense of other sectors. Of this 92.1%, 88.7% (ie 81.7% of the total, four out of five) are in favor of allocating more public resources to both areas, even at the cost of allocating less to others.
Prospective research also looks at some of the more specific issues in the education sector, such as classroom practice. The majority of the population (90%) strongly or fairly agrees with “giving more priority to learning practical skills”, including things like teamwork or public speaking. This answer, although somewhat limited in its options, confirms the line that Lomlo draws with regard to the practical orientation of teaching.
Increasing support hours for students with difficulties (94.6% support) or strengthening the public network of kindergartens (86.5%) are other issues that receive more support than rejection, along with increasing university internships and strengthening FP. The government is completely submerged.
Source: El Diario