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New Democracy takes the lead in pre-election surveys

02 September 2015 / 21:09:44  GRReporter
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A 0.3% margin in favour of the Greek conservatives is reported by a poll conducted by the agency GPO for the main news broadcast of Mega TV.

According to the data, New Democracy is holding the lead with 25.3% whereas SYRIZA is the preference of 25% of respondents. Golden Dawn with 5.5%, PASOK with 5.3% and the Communist Party with 5.1% are fighting for the third place. The centre-left Potami party is preferred by 4.6% of respondents and Panagiotis Lafazanis’ newly established Popular Unity by 4%. SYRIZA’s former coalition partner Independent Greeks is on the threshold of the next parliament with 3% and Vassilis Leventis’ Union of Centrists obviously will enter it with 3.2%.

12.8% of respondents have not yet decided which party they will support on 20 September.

The popularity of political leaders has changed as well. Having held the lead for many months SYRIZA's leader Alexis Tsipras is now second with 41.9% of respondent preferences for the first time, following New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis, who is preferred by 44.3% of respondents. Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis is next with 39.7%, PASOK leader Fofi Genimata with 39.5%, General Secretary of the Communist Party Dimitris Koutsoumbas with 28.2%, leader of Independent Greeks Panos Kammenos has 25.6%, leader of Popular Unity Panagiotis Lafazanis 23.4% and leader of Golden Dawn Nikos Michaloliakos has 11.2%.

Asked which of the political leaders could be more successful in coping with the agreement reached with creditors (the third memorandum of financial assistance), 28.8% of respondents state Alexis Tsipras, 27.1% Evangelos Meimarakis and 30% neither of the two.

66.7% of respondents consider the upcoming early elections unnecessary, 58.9% support the formation of a coalition government whereas 41.8% want the government to involve all parliamentary forces.

68.5% have a negative assessment of the negotiations with creditors led by the government of SYRIZA and Independent Greeks, 76.2% are convinced that Greece must stay in the euro zone at all costs and 53.1% believe that the country had no alternative but to sign the third memorandum of financial assistance.

Tags: PoliticsPollEarly electionsSYRIZANew Democracy
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