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Four months after the election, SYRIZA is the first party and Golden Dawn has doubled its percentage

19 October 2012 / 16:10:20  GRReporter
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A change in the political map of Greece shows the new poll conducted by VPRC. According to it, the first political force in the country is SYRIZA, followed by New Democracy and Golden Dawn. The most negative are the results of the party that was in power until a few months ago, PASOK, whose percentage is still in a state of free fall.

In particular, 30.5% of respondents state they support SYRIZA, 27% support New Democracy and 14% - Golden Dawn.

The fourth political force is Independent Greeks with a rate of 7%, the Communist Party with 6.5% and PASOK shares the sixth place with Democratic Left with 5.5%.

Next is the Recreate Greece party with 1%, the Green environmentalists with 1% and George Karatzaferis’ LAOS with 0.5%.

The percentage of undecided is 60%.

Nine out of ten participants state they are disappointed with the performance of the coalition government, whereas 81% believe that Greece is not going the right way.

The fact that the ever almighty PASOK party is running down the hill is the reason for discontent among many of its members. In addition, its leader Evangelos Venizelos is facing the challenge of coping with the discontent of many members due to the changes in labour relations and the cuts in salaries and pensions. He has announced that a congress will take place to re-establish PASOK in the coming February and called all political movements in the party and even the entire centre-left space to unite. He believes he can thus solve the internal problems of PASOK.

Along with the poor results of polls, pre-congress meetings will discuss PASOK’s new face. Some party representatives point out that this is the reason for people's distrust of the party. According to some members of the leadership, the government partners New Democracy and Democratic Left are hitting PASOK below the belt: the "blue" by not recognizing the "progress in fiscal adjustment that has been achieved over the last 2.5 years" and the Democratic Left by insisting on the clarification of the so-called "Lagarde list" and the allegations about George Papakonstantinou and Evangelos Venizelos’ inaction in terms of its use.

During the meeting, many members required that the party should have a clearer position on issues such as privatization and the banking sector. Evangelos Venizelos responded in a quite reserved manner with regard to labour relations and stated that the decisions of the leaders of the governing coalition would apply. As for the demand of the supervisory Troika concerning the redundancy of public workers, he replied, "no one can fight to prevent people who have made breaches, do not appear at work and are not able to do their job from being dismissed."

Moreover, Evangelos Venizelos distinguished his party’s position from that of SYRIZA by saying, "PASOK cannot have anything to do with retrograde forces, apparently left conservatism, privileges and injustice."

Tags: PoliticsPollSYRIZAGolden DawnPASOKInternal party problems
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