Poll shows PM, gov’t pop­u­lar­ity in free fall

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

The pop­u­lar­ity of Greece’s left-wing prime min­is­ter is in free fall, ac­cord­ing to a poll pub­lished late yes­ter­day which also showed op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy ex­tend­ing its lead over rul­ing SYRIZA party to 15 points.

Ac­cord­ing to the poll by the Univer­sity of Mace­do­nia for Skai TV, sup­port for the con­ser­va­tives is now at 30 per­cent, which re­flects a rise of 1.5 points from last month’s sur­vey, while SYRIZA is on 15 per­cent, one point down from last month.

Golden Dawn was in third place on 7 per­cent, fol­lowed by the Greek Com­mu­nist Party (KKE) on 5.5, PASOK on 4.5, the Union of Cen­trists on 3 and Sail­ing for Free­dom right on 3 per­cent, which is the thresh­old for en­ter­ing Par­lia­ment. The poll found that To Po­tami, In­de­pen­dent Greeks, An­tarsya and Pop­u­lar Unity would not se­cure enough votes to en­ter the House.

The same sur­vey in­di­cated a big ma­jor­ity was un­happy with the work of the SYRIZAIn­de­pen­dent Greeks coali­tion. Eighty-nine per­cent said they were “dis­ap­pointed” by its per­for­mance, a per­cep­tion shared by 79 per­cent of SYRIZA vot­ers. Ac­cord­ingly, 87 per­cent of re­spon­dents said that “things are mov­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion.”

Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras’s sta­tus has also suf­fered se­ri­ous dam­age, the sur­vey found. Only 20.5 per­cent said he is the most suit­able po­lit­i­cal leader for the po­si­tion of prime min­is­ter while con­ser­va­tive chief Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis was picked by 37 per­cent.

In terms of pop­u­lar­ity, Tsipras ranked in sev­enth place, trail­ing most other left­ist lead­ers, in­clud­ing Zoe Con­stan­topoulou, Dim­itris Kout­soum­bas, and Vassilis Leven­tis. Only Panos Kam­menos, Tsipras’s na­tion­al­ist coali­tion part­ner, and ne­o­fas­cist leader Nikos Michalo­li­akos were found to be less pop­u­lar.

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