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Nicolas Sarkozi most likable euro-politician, according to Greeks

04 May 2010 / 11:05:14  GRReporter
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Poll done by Kappa Research shows that Greeks are pessimistic and believe the country will need many years to emerge from the crisis. According to 38.3 percent of respondents in five years the country will emerge from the tunnel, 27.4 percent answered that it will take between 5 and 10 years, and 31.8% are quite pessimistic and think it will take more than ten years. 

According to the survey, people have also changed their consumer habits - 39 percent buy products that have the best analogy between price and quality, 38.5 percent buy only the most necessary things, 11.7 percent prefer the cheapest products and services and only 9% did not change their consumer behavior, and 1.5 percent can afford all they desire. 

According to 67.8 percent of respondents in the last two years the economic crisis has changed their values and lifestyle as a whole, 29.1 percent were not affected financially. Majority of Greeks are still fans of the Euro - 77.5% prefer Greece to stay in the eurozone, and only 15.8 percent want the Drachma to return. 58.1 percent feel safer from the fact that Greece is an EU member. 

According to Greeks the most positive image is that of French President Nicolas Sarkozi, who gathered 76.6 percent, followed by Vladimir Putin with 73.7 percent, Barack Obama third with 68.2 percent and follow: Jose Luis Tapatero - 64%, José Manuel Barroso - 34%, Tayyip Erdogan - 32.9%, Silvio Berlusconi - 31.1%, Gordon Brown - 25.3%. Chancellor Angela Merkel is the most unpopular politician among Greeks because of her position against the financial support for Greece - 79.9 percent of respondents are negative towards her. 

The majority (56.7%) are strongly opposed to the position of the Left parties for new negotiations for the debt payment. Although the IMF is in the center of media attention, 41.3% considered that they are not sufficiently informed about its role and function, 14.4% have no idea, while 8.6 percent have the opinion that they are familiar with it. If measures mentioned, 42.3 percent answered that they would not participate in the demonstrations, 23.7 percent say they will most likely participate. 

According to the majority (55.2%) of Greeks both the governments of Kostas Karamanlis and George Papandreou are mutually responsible for recourse to financial support from the IMF. According to 55.5 percent of respondents the support agreement is sufficient for the country to emerge from the crisis, while 32.5% believe the country will "fail". 

With regard to government policies, 20.4 percent answered that they are quite satisfied, 22.9% are somewhat satisfied, 41.7% - are not at all satisfied and only 14.4% are very satisfied. Most Greeks are not satisfied with the policy of PM George Papandreou, but New Democracy is unpopular as well, because according to the majority of respondents, if the party has won elections in October, things would have been worse.

Tags: Greece poll survey popularity crisis economy
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