Poll shows most glum, ND far ahead of SYRIZA

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More than eight in 10 Greeks are un­happy with the govern­ment’s per­for­mance, ac­cord­ing to a new opin­ion poll which puts the con­ser­va­tive op­po­si­tion New Democ­racy 14 per­cent­age points ahead of left­ist SYRIZA, which leads the rul­ing coali­tion.

The sur­vey, which was car­ried out by the Univer­sity of Mace­do­nia on be­half of Skai, found that 30.5 per­cent of re­spon­dents would vote for ND if gen­eral elec­tions were held now com­pared to just 16.5 per­cent for SYRIZA.

Re­tain­ing its po­si­tion in third place is the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, whose MPs are on trial for run­ning a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion. PASOK and the Com­mu­nist Party gar­nered 6.5 per­cent apiece while Union of Cen­trists and the anti-aus­ter­ity Sail­ing for Free­dom party at­tracted 2.5 per­cent of the vote each, just short of the 3 per­cent thresh­old for en­ter­ing Par­lia­ment. Cen­trist Po­tami and rightwing In­de­pen­dent Greeks, which shares power with SYRIZA, were seen polling at 2 per­cent apiece with just 1 per­cent for Pop­u­lar Unity, another left­ist anti-aus­ter­ity party.

As re­gards the best choice for prime min­is­ter, ND leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis was backed by 33.5 per­cent of re­spon­dents com­pared with 20 per­cent for pre­mier Alexis Tsipras.

In an­swers to ques­tions about daily life, most re­spon­dents were gloomy. A to­tal of 86.5 per­cent said they were dis­sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance of the cur­rent govern­ment. The rate of dis­con­tent was high among SYRIZA sup­port­ers too, with 72.5 per­cent say­ing they weren’t happy with the achieve­ments of Tsipras’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Over­all, nine in 10 (88 per­cent of re­spon­dents) said they be­lieved things were gen­er­ally mov­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion, with seven in 10 (72 per­cent) say­ing they be­lieved this year would be worse than 2016.

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