Poll puts ND way ahead of SYRIZA, shows dis­con­tent

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Eight in 10 Greeks have a neg­a­tive view of the achieve­ments of the left­ist-led gov­ern­ment over the past two years, ac­cord­ing to a new opin­ion poll car­ried out by the Univer­sity of Mace­do­nia on be­half of Skai TV which puts New Democ­racy a record 16.5 per­cent­age points ahead of left­ist SYRIZA.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, if snap elec­tions were held now, ND would garner 33 per­cent of the vote com­pared to just 16.5 per­cent for SYRIZA. Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn would re­tain third place, net­ting 7.5 per­cent of the vote, the Com­mu­nist Party would bol­ster its share to 7 per­cent and PASOK would get 6.5 per­cent. The Union of Cen­trists would garner 2 per­cent while the rightwing In­de­pen­dent Greeks, SYRIZA’s cur­rent coali­tion part­ner, would get just 1.5 per­cent, way be­low the 3 per­cent thresh­old for en­ter­ing Par­lia­ment, as would cen­trist Po­tami.

Nearly nine in 10 re­spon­dents (87.5 per­cent) said they be­lieved things were mov­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion, with 81 per­cent ex­press­ing a neg­a­tive view of the gov­ern­ment’s achieve­ments since it rose to power in 2015 (the cor­re­spond­ing rate among SYRIZA sup­port­ers was 62 per­cent).

Asked whether they be­lieved that an NDled gov­ern­ment would dif­fer much from a SYRIZA ad­min­is­tra­tion, just over half (52 per­cent) said they be­lieved not.

As for the cur­rent gov­ern­ment’s ap­proach in bailout ne­go­ti­a­tions, the same pro­por­tion (52 per­cent), said they thought it was wrong, 34.5 per­cent deemed that it was not steady and just 7.5 per­cent re­garded it as cor­rect. The ma­jor­ity (78.5 per­cent) said they be­lieved the ne­go­ti­a­tions will end in more aus­ter­ity mea­sures for Greeks, with just 6.5 per­cent say­ing they thought no more ad­di­tional re­forms would be needed.

In the event of an im­passe, a third (34 per­cent) said they fa­vored the for­ma­tion of a unity gov­ern­ment, with 33.5 per­cent say­ing that the gov­ern­ment should quit and call snap elec­tions, 13.5 per­cent back­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of ne­go­ti­a­tions and 11.5 per­cent fa­vor­ing a ref­er­en­dum.

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