The tripartite coalition government has begun losing the Greeks’ confidence less than a month after being elected. A poll by Public Issue shows that only 45% of respondents said they assess as positive the changes the new government led by Antonis Samaras is planning to make.
Another 43% of respondents have started forming a negative opinion about the capabilities of the coalition government to tackle the crisis. Antonis Samaras’ unexpected and long protracted ocular disease as well as the series of resignations in the “young” cabinet has seriously harmed the public image of government. The trust of voters in the political opposition SYRIZA has apparently been shaken too. 56% of respondents have a negative opinion about the role of the far left in political life. About 31% of respondents support the opposition, stating that they trust SYRIZA and have positive attitudes towards it.
According to the analysis of the poll presented by Sky TV, voters show mixed feelings about today's government. 28% of respondents are convinced that this government cannot cope with the problems of the economic crisis. 35% are moderate optimists, believing that Samaras’ government is capable of handling the crisis but only 12% are confident that the tripartite coalition will solve the most pressing problems of the country. The poll shows that the positions of right-wing parties are improving, no matter whether they support or oppose the implementation of the bailout agreement.
Meanwhile, six centre-left parties have announced their merger in a common union. Social Union, Forward, New Reformers, P80, Country 2012 and Initiative V are making a social coalition that is preparing to present the new face of Euro-socialists in Greece. The majority of the members and activists in these parties have come from yesterday's political favourite PASOK. Today, they seek a new way of expression, which is far from the shadow of the failed PASOK, while preserving the social nature of their ideological basis and remain faithful to the European idea.
In its first open letter to the public, the union of the six parties declared, "The last elections were a relative victory of the forces that have a strong pro-European orientation. Recent political developments and the government formed have opened a new way for government cooperation and significant changes in the political system." The public coalition insisted that Greece needs a profound reform of the nature of the public system, but opposes the fiscal consolidation measures, the cut of salaries and pensions.
The union of the six parties insisted that during the recent elections, voters have required the political system to give impetus to economic development and reforms and to keep Greece within the euro area at all costs. They believe that the new government is not able to meet the needs of the times and do not have faith in the success of Samaras’ government. It seems that the six pro-European socialist parties are preparing for new parliamentary elections, which will come sooner than 2016.