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According to two opinion polls SYRIZA will win the election

26 May 2012 / 12:05:36  GRReporter
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An eight-party Parliament, in which the largest political force will be the radical left SYRIZA, is indicated by the results of two opinion polls conducted over the past few days.

According to the first poll conducted by Public agency 30 percent of the respondents said they would vote for SYRIZA, followed by New Democracy with 16 percent, PASOK with 15.5 percent, Independent Greece with 8 percent, the Democratic Left with 6.5 percent, the Communist Party with 5 percent, Golden Dawn with 4 percent and the newly established coalition between the parties "Recreate Greece" and Drasi - 3 percent.

Meanwhile, when asked, "Who do you think will win the elections," 54 percent of respondents said that the winner will be New Democracy. SYRIZA is in second place with a wide margin - 35 percent. Only one percent of them have expressed confidence that PASOK will be the first party in number of votes.

According to the survey Greeks continue to insist that their politicians should learn to cooperate with each other. 54 percent declared they want the formation of a coalition government, and far fewer are those who are “For” a self-party government. Another 12 percent prefer a government with the participation of all parties. From those who are “For” a coalition government, 22 percent said they want to be governed by a left-oriented office and 13 percent - by government with the participation of New Democracy and PASOK.

The most preferred Prime Minister with 24 percent is Alexis Tsipras, followed by Antonis Samaras with 19 percent. In third place comes Evangelos Venizelos with 17 percent, followed by the leader of the Democratic Left Fotis Kouvelis with 11 percent, the leader of independent Greece Panos Kamenos with 7 percent. The communist Aleka Papariga and the Neo-Nazi Nikolaos Michaloliakos from Golden Dawn have the same rate - 2 percent.

Based on the survey, which was conducted between May 18 and 23, 85 percent of Greeks want the country to remain in the Eurozone, against 15 percent who are against the common European currency.

SYRIZA won the championship also according to a survey conducted by VPRC agency. According to its results the Radical Left is supported by 28.5 percent of the participants. New Democracy takes second place with 26 percent, followed by PASOK with 12.5 percent and Independent Greece and the Democratic Left with 7 percent.

In this particular survey Golden Dawn will have more parliament members than the Communist Party - 5.5 percent vs. 5 percent. In this survey, as well, the coalition "Recreate Greece" - Drasi passes the threshold of 3 percent and enters parliament.

Although most participants said they would vote for SYRIZA, the majority or 35.4 percent believe the winner will be New Democracy.The percentage of participants who are convinved that victory will come for Alexis Tsipra’s party is 27.2.

Meanwhile, "castling" continues mostly from the far-right LAOS party towards New Democracy. Today another four former members of George Karadzaferis’ party joined the ranks of the "blue", which further infuriated their previous leader. He accused Antonis Samaras of "acting in the way he is used to", and said that the recent events resemble those in 1993 when the New Democracy government collapsed after losing a parliamentary majority with the withdrawal of many parliament members.

George Karadzaferis called his “up until recent” party members “traitors” and moved to counterattack. According to sources he is negotiating with a party of retired officers. Commentators believe that if this union happens LAOS will be able to attract not only the voters of the particular party itself, but also those, who in the previous elections voted for Independent Greeks and Golden Dawn.

New Democracy is preparing for a national conference, which will be held during the weekend, where the union with Dora Bakogiannis will be officially recognized. In many electoral districts angry voices were heard after the addition of candidates from the Democratic Alliance because it is believed that they threaten the candidates of the "blue" who were elected for parliament members in the May 6 elections.

Tags: politics opinion poll SYRIZA New Democracy elections parliament
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