President of Golden Dawn and municipal councilor in Athens Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, Photo: tovima.gr
Serious disturbances in political ratings and instability in public opinion are reported by the poll for February which the research agency Public Issue conducted on behalf of Greek Sky TV. Assessing the political influence of political parties, eight of them would enter the Greek Parliament.
New Democracy is emerging as the largest political force, which has collected 31% of respondents’ preferences. Second with a particularly high potential of 18% is the newly established Democratic Left of Fotis Kouvelis. Next are the Communists with 12.5% and the far-left SYRIZA with 12%.
The party, which won the parliamentary elections a little more than two years ago and then with a difference of over 10 points – PASOK, is today the fifth political force. Only 8% of respondents support the Socialists, who are considered the most responsible for the current situation in the country.
The Green environmentalists with 3.5% and the far right New Dawn with 3%, which would enter the Parliament if elections were held today, follow them.
As one might expect, the most negative attitude is towards PASOK – 89%. Second in this ranking is the far-right party and coalition partner in the government, LAOS, with 76%. It is followed by the Communist Party with 69%, New Democracy with 68% and SYRIZA with 60%.
The percentage of Greeks, who state that they will not vote, remains particularly high – 30%.
The popularity of political leaders is also very indicative of the political mood among the Greeks, who are exhausted by waiting and austerity measures. Most positive is the attitude towards the leader of the Democratic Left Fotis Kouvelis – 56%. Second in the ranking is the leader of SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras with 41%, followed by the "blue" leader Antonis Samaras with 31%, the communist Aleka Papariga with 27%, the far-right George Karatzaferis with 25% and Dora Bakogiannis with 19%. Only 9% of respondents "like" George Papandreou.
Once again, a very high percentage (91%) of Greeks is not satisfied with the government and positive and negative attitudes to Prime Minister Lucas Papademos are almost identical – 48% and 46% respectively.
71% do not trust him as far as resolving financial problems is concerned. 91% of Greeks believe that things are going in the wrong direction. 79% believe there is a problem with democracy in Greece. Only 7% of the people are satisfied.
Although 58% declare that they are in favour of early elections, the percentage of those who are against them is not small either – 38%. In comparison, in January 2011, only 14% of Greeks voted "for," while a month ago, that percentage jumped to 46%. 79% are against the Memorandum of economic aid and only 12% said they approve it.
70% of Greeks believe that the return to the drachma would rather aggravate the situation in the country and only 12% think it will be a good move. At the same time, 54% have a negative attitude towards the European Union and 41% are positive. Only a month ago, the ratio between the two opinions was almost the same but in reverse order. At that time, a positive attitude prevailed and the ratio was 51% to 44%. 61% of respondents prefer the euro, while 35% are negative towards the common European currency.