Syriza keeps 4-6% lead as elec­tion day looms

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Anti-bailout op­po­si­tion party Syriza seems to be main­tain­ing a 4 to 6 per­cent­age point lead over rul­ing New Democ­racy in most opin­ion polls, as Greece braces for a left-lean­ing gov­ern­ment after Sun­day’s elec­tion.

A survey by the Univer­sity of Mace­do­nia con­ducted for SKAI Tele­vi­sion showed Syriza widen­ing its poll lead grow to 6.5 points on Mon­day, up from a 4.5 point lead a week ago.

Syriza is seen win­ning 33.5% of the 31.5%, while Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Democ­racy party, was un­changed at 27%.

Another survey on Mon­day, car­ried out by Alco for the news­pa­per Proto Thema, put Syriza on 33.1% with the con­ser­va­tives on 28.5%, a 4.6 point lead for Syriza com­pared with a dif­fer­ence of 3.5 points in a poll by the same poll­ster last week.

Alco pro­jected the left­ist party would win 147 deputies in Greece’s 300-seat par­lia­ment, just short of an over­all majority. That num­ber is based on pro­jec­tions and in­cludes a bonus of 50 seats the elec­toral sys­tem al­lows the win­ning party in or­der to make it eas­ier to form a gov­ern­ment.

A third survey by GPO for tele­vi­sion sta­tion Mega also showed Syriza in the lead, this time ex­tend­ing its 3.2 point lead two weeks ago to 4 points, with the anti-bailout party on 30.4% com­pared to 26.4% for New Democ­racy.

All three poll­sters in­di­cated that the cen­trist Po­tami (River) could play the role of king­maker if vot­ers de­liver a hung par­lia­ment, with the po­lit­i­cal move­ment cre­ated by a jour­nal­ist-turned-politi­cian com­ing in third place, although jointly with the far-right Golden Dawn in one survey. Sa­ma­ras’ coali­tion part­ners, cen­tre-left Pa­sok, trailed at 4.5% in the Univer­sity of Mace­do­nia poll, the old-school com­mu­nist KKE is at 4-5%, while for­mer Pa­sok leader George Pa­pan­dreou’s new so­cial­ist party hardly seems to gar­ner 2-3% in all polls.

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