Pub­lic against shut­down, snap elec­tions, polls show

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Two opin­ion polls pub­lished over the week­end in­di­cate that the ma­jor­ity of Greeks op­pose the clo­sure of ERT. A Kapa Re­search sur­vey for Sun­day’s To Vima news­pa­per sug­gests that 64.4 per­cent of Greeks re­gard the de­ci­sion to shut down the pub­lic broad­caster as ei­ther neg­a­tive or “prob­a­bly neg­a­tive.” In con­trast, 32.1 per­cent of re­spon­dents said they view the govern­ment’s move as pos­i­tive or “prob­a­bly pos­i­tive.” A poll by VPRC for the web­site in­di­cates that as many as 65 per­cent of Greeks op­pose the clo­sure of ERT, while 27 per­cent are in fa­vor of its TV and ra­dio ser­vice be­ing taken off air. Five per­cent said they were nei­ther in fa­vor nor against. The Kapa Re­search poll also shows that 57.1 per­cent of Greeks do not want early elec­tions to be held, while 40.1 per­cent would like the coun­try to go to the polls soon. The sur­vey also puts New Democ­racy nar­rowly ahead of SYRIZA, with a 21.4 to 21.1 per­cent rat­ing. Golden Dawn was in third with 9.5 per­cent, PA­SOK in fourth with 6.3 per­cent, the Com­mu­nist Party on 5.1 per­cent, In­de­pen­dent Greeks with 4.4 per­cent and Demo­cratic Left with 3.9 per­cent. The VPRC poll gave SYRIZA a sub­stan­tial lead over New Democ­racy, with 29 against 26.5 per­cent. A Pub­lic Is­sue poll for Skai and Kathimerini ear­lier in the week gave the con­ser­va­tives a 2 per­cent lead over SYRIZA with 29.5 against 27.5 per­cent.

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