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Poll: More Greeks see country on the right track, but majority still thinks it's heading in wrong direction

Δημοσίευση 14 Δεκεμβρίου 2012, 15:26 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Poll: More Greeks see country on the right track, but majority still thinks it's heading in wrong direction
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While more and more Greeks consider that the country is now on the right track with regard to overcoming the crisis, the majority still believe that it is heading in the wrong direction, according to a latest opinion poll conducted by Public Issue on behalf of Skai and Kathimerini. The survey was conducted during the December 6-10 period.

While more and more Greeks consider that the country is now on the right track with regard to overcoming the crisis, the majority still believe that it is heading in the wrong direction, according to a latest opinion poll conducted by Public Issue on behalf of Skai and Kathimerini. The survey was conducted during the December 6-10 period.

In terms of figures, 19 percent of those participating in the poll said that the country was on the right track, against 75 percent who felt the exact opposite was true. The same figures stood at 5 percent and 88 percent, respectively, in a similar poll carried out last June.

Fourteen percent of those asked said that the country’s position was now stronger internationally, while 56 percent of respondents considered a Greek default impossible.

At the same time, 41 percent of those participating in the survey felt that decisions reached by the Eurogroup last month would have a negative impact on Greece, while 29 percent thought they would have a positive effect. Those against the memorandums stood at 69 percent while those in favor of Greece signing bailout agreements with its partners and creditors came to 22 percent.

Meanwhile, 60 percent of those questioned believed that the SYRIZA coalition would prevail in the case of snap elections, compared to 25 percent who saw New Democracy as the winner.

According to the poll, in case of elections the SYRIZA coalition would garner 30.5 percent of the vote, followed by New Democracy (26 percent), extreme right-wing Golden Dawn (10.5 percent), Independent Greeks (9 percent), Socialist PASOK (8 percent), Democratic Left (6.5 percent) and the Greek Communist Party, KKE (5.5 percent.

The majority of those asked -- 65 percent -- thought that new elections were not necessary, compared to 31 percent who believed they were.

Similarly to a Public Issue poll published last month, not a single politician went over the 50 percent mark in terms of popularity: Democratic Left’s chief Fotis Kouvelis earned 49 percent, followed by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras (44 percent), Prime Minister and New Democracy chief Antonis Samaras (40 percent) and Independent Greek’s Panos Kammenos (40 percent).

Samaras was being favored as Prime Minister by 40 percent of those asked, compared to 29 percent who favored Tsipras.

Source: ekathimerini.com