Opinion divided over new Greek government, poll indicates

Greeks are split over whether the new coalition government can tackle the country’s problems, according to Public Issue survey.

The poll conducted for Kathimerini and Skai indicated that 47 percent of Greeks have some level of confidence that the administration comprised of New Democracy, PASOK and Democratic Left can find a way out of the crisis.

Of those, only 12 percent said they were confident that the government could face up to the situation. The 35 percent said it “probably” could.

Similarly, 45 percent of respondents said they had, to some extent, a positive impression of the government so far.

There has, however, been a substantial fall in the percentage of people who feel Greece is heading in the wrong direction. In May, this figure was at 86 percent but it has now dropped to 66 percent.

There remains, however, great scepticism about the political parties, with 39 percent of those questioned saying they do not trust any of the groupings that have formed the coalition.

Democratic Left is the most popular of all the parties with an approval rating of 60 percent. Its leader, Fotis Kovelis, remains the most popular of the party chiefs, although approval for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has risen from 36 percent to 50 percent.

A total of 1,004 people were questioned for the survey.


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