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Economy, unemployment and politicians are the biggest problems in the country, according to Greeks

09 November 2012 / 19:11:42  GRReporter
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Greeks do not trust any of the political parties nor do they trust individual politicians. In parallel, they remain deeply sceptical about the economic outlook of the country, according to a poll Public issue agency conducted on behalf of Skai TV and Kathimerini newspaper.

At the same time, Antonis Samaras is still regarded as more suitable for the premiership than Alexis Tsipras and the triple coalition involving New Democracy, PASOK and Democratic Left is preferred to a potential single-party government of SYRIZA.

In particular, 37% of respondents say they prefer Antonis Samaras as prime minister against 31% who support Alexis Tsipras. The comparison with the trends of a month ago, however, is in favour of the leader of SYRIZA, who has improved his October results by 3%, whereas Antonis Samaras has lost 4% of voters’ support.

27% of participants state that neither of them is appropriate for prime minister. In October, this percentage was 25%.

The triple coalition continues to be at the top of the "best government" category since 32% of Greeks support it. The option of a single-party government of SYRIZA to govern the country inspires 24% of people. The percentage of the left has improved by 2% compared to last month.

Conversely, the percentage of Greeks, who believe that none of the two governments is the best solution for the country, has dropped by 1%. Today, this is the opinion of 39% against 40% in October.

Despite the facts previously presented, however, SYRIZA leads in the ranking of "who will win the next elections" with a high percentage – 59%. The belief of the Greeks that the radical left will be the next government of the country has been steadily growing over the last three months. Respectively, the number of those who believe that New Democracy will fail to win has been decreasing and now, they are 26%. Particularly impressive is the fact that in September, this rate was 43% against 41% for SYRIZA.

Furthermore, the vast majority of people believe that there will be early elections as 76% of them are convinced that this government will not be able to meet its four-year term. Their percentage has increased by 6% compared to October.

33% of participants in the poll define SYRIZA as the best opposition party, regardless of their political affiliations. Then follow Independent Greeks with 16% and Golden Dawn with 10%. The xenophobes seem to lose in this category, as the corresponding rate in October was 14%.

Leaving the political game aside, however, the extremely negative opinion of citizens on political parties and their leaders becomes apparent, regardless of their personal preferences. Indicative of this is the fact that none of the parties receives the positive opinion of more than 41% of Greeks. The highest is the percentage of positive opinions for Democratic Left – 41% against 58% negative ones. Then follow SYRIZA (39% against 60%), Independent Greeks (35% against 62%), New Democracy (31% against 68%), the Communist Party (20% against 79%), Golden Dawn (16% against 82%) and PASOK (13% against 86%).

Similar is the attitude of the Greeks to political leaders. The most positive is their opinion of the head of the Democratic Left, Fotis Kouvelis, (49% positive against 48% negative opinions). He is the only one who has collected more positive than negative assessments.

Next are the leader of SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, (42% positive against 56% negative opinions), Antonis Samaras (38% against 60%), Panos Kamenos (37% against 59%), Aleka Papariga (23% against 74%), Evangelos Venizelos (20% against 78%) and Nikos Mihaloliakos (15% against 78%). The leader of Golden Dawn has registered the largest decline in positive opinions compared with the poll conducted a month ago – 5%. Positive evaluations for Panos Kamenos have decreased by 3% and by 1% for Antonis Samaras. There is a 2% increase for Aleka Papariga and 1% for Alexis Tsipras and Fotis Kouvelis. There is no change in the popularity of the leader of PASOK.

In addition, 81% of Greeks are dissatisfied with the way democracy in the country works. Only 11% of them believe that it works properly and 8% - that it no longer exists.

80% express their belief that the parliament will approve the new measures against only 13% who think that this will not happen.

The citizens’ dissatisfaction with the government and political staff is evident from the answer to the question, "What are the most important problems in the country?" Impressive is the fact that 26% of participants in the poll identify parties and politicians as the most serious problem and put before it only the economy (50%) and unemployment (41%). Problems that often draw the attention of the public, such as migration, public order and security, education and the crisis of values ​​and ideologies have received a few votes - 2, 4, 5 and 6 per cent respectively.

43% of respondents believe that the situation in Greece will get worse over the next 12 months, 32% believe it will improve and 24% think that it will remain unchanged. At the same time, the vast majority of respondents (75%) believe that their personal financial situation will get worse and only 5% expect an improvement.

Meanwhile, 62% of Greeks believe that it is more than urgent to carry out privatizations, whereas 33% believe the opposite. Compared to April 2011, the percentage of supporters of reforms has fallen by 13%, while that of the opponents has increased by 12%.

8% of supporters of privatization are voters of New Democracy, 78% - of PASOK and 54% - of Independent Greeks. The highest number of its opponents, 49%, voted for SYRIZA. However, 45% of followers of the party support the privatization.


Tags: PoliticsPollPoliticiansEconomyPrivatizations
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