In his five years in office, PP and Vox have asked for his resignation several times and he has also received criticism from Unidas Podemos.
The Government confirmed this Tuesday that the socialist sociologist José Félix Tezanos will continue as president of the Center for Sociological Research (CIS).
This was announced by the minister spokesperson for the Executive, Pilar Alegría, in the press conference after the Council of Ministers, in which she highlighted that Tezanos is a sociologist who "gets the polls right."
"You will understand that the sociologist who is correct in the surveys is confirmed. So yes, the name is confirmed," Alegría pointed out.
Tezanos landed at the CIS after Pedro Sánchez's motion of censure was successful and as soon as he arrived he was involved in controversy because he was appointed head of the public institute while still a member of the Federal Executive of the PSOE as Secretary of Studies and Programs. He tried to combine both positions, claiming that no one was going to prevent him from maintaining his ideology, but a month later he finally agreed to leave the leadership of the PSOE.
In these five years, the opposition parties have accused him on several occasions of squandering the prestige of the CIS for his "lack of neutrality and impartiality" and for having turned the institute into another "instrument at the service of Government propaganda." .
The PP tried to have an audit of the CIS, demanded that the Electoral Board open a disciplinary file against it and even requested an investigation commission that was never debated, while Vox tried to take it to court.
Tezanos, which has the full support of the Ministry of the Presidency, has been overcoming all these threats and saw the complaints filed against him being filed in the Central Electoral Board, in the Court of Accounts and in the ordinary justice system.
He has been criticized for loudly failed forecasts, as in the regional elections of Madrid or Castilla y León, but Tezanos has always argued that the CIS is not an "organization of fortune tellers" and that many voters decide at the last moment, after the CIS closes its surveys. Of course, the survey of the last general elections was less far from reality than those of some reputable private institutes, although it gave the PSOE the winner.
The socialist sociologist has also undertaken novel transformations. In 2020 it had to face confinement and that allowed it to hire a telephone survey system, putting an end to the personal interviews at home that the CIS had been doing, and this change has made it possible to expand the number of citizens surveyed and advance the dissemination of the studies. .