New poll shows SYRIZA and ND fighting it out

A new opinion poll carried out for Kathimerini and Skai by Public Issue reinforces predictions that repeat elections on June 17 will be a clash between the leftist SYRIZA, which is riding an anti-austerity wave, and conservative New Democracy, which appears to be making a comeback after joining forces with the liberal Democratic Alliance and drawing several former deputies from right-wing LAOS into its ranks.

The poll shows both parties to have gained support over the past two weeks, with SYRIZA now netting 30 percent of the vote while ND garners 26 percent, both up four percentage points over the past 10 days.

Socialist PASOK is in third place with 15.5 percent, a slight increase, while most of the smaller parties have slipped. The anti-bailout Independent Greeks is seen as drawing 8 percent, Democratic Left is at 6.5 percent, the Communist Party at 5 percent, the extreme-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) at 4 percent while a new alliance between the two liberal groups Dimiourgia Xana (Recreate Greece) and Drasi is seen hitting the 3 percent threshold to enter Parliament.

The poll revealed that 54 percent of respondents think the conservatives will place first, with 35 percent predicting that SYRIZA will secure the top spot. The leftist party’s leader, Alexis Tsipras, was regarded as the best choice for prime minister by 24 percent of respondents, with 19 percent opting for Samaras and 17 percent for PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos. More than half (54 percent) of those polled said they would prefer a coalition government, with 22 percent saying they want a leftist administration and only 13 percent looking forward to another ND-PASOK coalition. An overwhelming 85 percent said they wanted Greece to remain in the eurozone while 62 percent said they opposed the country’s debt deal with its international creditors. 

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