The forbidden opinion polls of the Spanish Transition. Access to public information and Digital History Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2018

issue

  • 2

volume

  • 7

electronic international standard serial number (EISSN)

  • 2253-797X

abstract

  • The goal of this research is to analyse the role played by social media, the periodicals library and accessto public information when revisiting collective memory on the Spanish Transition. The analysis is carried outbased on an unpublished interview to Adolfo Suarez in 1995. During the interview, and off-the-record, former Spanishpresident Adolfo Suarez confessed to journalist Victoria Prego that the monarchy was not subjected to referendumbecause the opinion polls suggested they would lose. Those statements came to light 20 years later, after a specialTV program broadcast by La Sexta Columna that turned Adolfo Suarez into a trending topic for several days.Between 1955 and 1972 at least six opinion polls were carried out - perfectly documented and censored or silencedat the time - asking Spaniards about their preferences on the best government system for Spain.

keywords

  • Access to public information
    Opinion polls
    Transition
    Monarchy
    Republic
    Acceso a la información pública
    Encuestas
    Transición
    Monarquía
    República