ND plays down SYRIZA poll lead

Left­ists ahead in two sur­veys but con­ser­va­tives be­lieve mood will change by May

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Two opin­ion polls pub­lished yes­ter­day gave SYRIZA a clear lead over New Democ­racy but con­ser­va­tive of­fi­cials in­sisted there was still plenty of time for their party to re­cover its pop­u­lar­ity be­fore the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and lo­cal elec­tions in May.

A sur­vey by Pub­lic Is­sue for Efimerida ton Syn­tak­ton news­pa­per in­di­cated that sup­port for SYRIZA runs to 31.5 per­cent, com­pared to 28 per­cent for New Democ­racy.

Ac­cord­ing to the poll, Golden Dawn is in third place with 10 per­cent, fol­lowed by PASOK and the Com­mu­nist Party (KKE) on 6.5, In­de­pen­dent Greeks on 4.5 and Demo­cratic Left (DIMAR) on 3.5.

A sec­ond sur­vey by Pulse for To Pon­tiki weekly also put SYRIZA in the lead. The left­ists were seen gar­ner­ing sup­port of 23 per­cent, whereas New Democ­racy drew back­ing of 20 per­cent. Golden Dawn had 11 per­cent, PASOK 5.5, KKE 5, In­de­pen­dent Greeks 4.5 and DIMAR 2.5.

New Democ­racy sources said they be­lieve the party is suf­fer­ing from the fail­ure of re­cov­ery signs to ap­pear in the real econ­omy and the neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity sur­round­ing the es­cape of con­victed ter­ror­ist Christodou­los Xeros. Con­ser­va­tive of­fi­cials be­lieve that as Greece nears May’s elec­tions, the gov­ern­ment’s for­tunes will im­prove.

The be­lief within New Democ­racy is that the eco­nomic con­di­tions will be bet­ter and that the un­veil­ing of a 10-year de­vel­op­ment plan will help cre­ate a more pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment.

Mean­while, PASOK clar­i­fied that its in­ten­tion to co­op­er­ate with a new center-left move­ment, the so­called Ini­tia­tive of the 58, will not re­sult in the aban­don­ing of its name and logo. A mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of com­ments by Yian­nis Voul­garis, who is in­volved in the new move­ment, had led to the con­fu­sion, ac­cord­ing to the So­cial­ist party.

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