Scant sup­port for loan deal

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Just un­der 20 per­cent of Greeks be­lieve that the gov­ern­ment should con­tinue abid­ing by the terms of the EU-IMF loan mem­o­ran­dum and pay off all of Greece’s debt, a poll has found, while al­most two-thirds of re­spon­dents be­lieve the coun­try will de­fault at some point.

The Pub­lic Is­sue sur­vey for Skai TV and Ra­dio in­di­cates that the per­cent­age of Greeks who think Greece should re­struc­ture its debt has in­creased from 40 per­cent last Septem­ber to 53 per­cent this month. Sim­i­larly, 17 per­cent be­lieve Athens should de­fault, com­pared to 7 per­cent eight months ago. The per­cent­age of those who think Greece should stick to the mem­o­ran­dum has fallen from 29 to 17.

In terms of who Greeks blame for the coun­try’s debt and deficit prob­lems, politi­cians are seen as the chief cul­prits, polling 33 per­cent. Gov­ern­ments as a whole are re­garded as the guilty par­ties by 21 per­cent, while 11 per­cent say that Greek cit­i­zens must ac­cept the big­gest share of the blame.

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