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Opinion polls on Evros fence, econ measures

Δημοσίευση 17 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:21 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Opinion polls on Evros fence,  econ measures
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Three opinion polls appearing in Sunday newspapers indicated that a significant proportion of the public -- as measured by respondents' answers -- favours the construction of a fence along a section of Greece's border with Turkey in Evros prefecture.

Three opinion polls appearing in Sunday newspapers indicated that a significant proportion of the public -- as measured by respondents' answers -- favours the construction of a fence along a section of Greece's border with Turkey in Evros prefecture.

Polls also continued to give ruling PASOK a lead over main opposition ND, while pointing to widespread pessimism for 2011.

According to a MARC opinion poll published in the Sunday edition of "Ethnos", a whopping 80.3 percent of respondents agree with the construction of the fence in northern Evros -- facing the 12.5-kilometre stretch of land west of the Evros River -- while nine in 10 respondents identifying themselves as PASOK and ND supporters believe that a "sweep operation" should be made in central Athens to detain illegal immigrants.

On a different issue, 65 percent of respondents agreed that reforms being promoted by the government in the wider public sector, in labour relations and for opening so-called "closed-shop professions" are "unfortunately, mandatory and must be implemented", whereas 30.2 percent felt that reforms "must be obstructed with strikes and mass demonstrations".

With regard to voter intent (which party they would vote for if elections were held the following Sunday), 27.7 percent of respondents opted for PASOK; 20.9 percent for ND; 7.8 percent for the Communist Party (KKE), 4.8 percent for Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) and 3 percent for the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA), followed by the new parties Democratic Alliance (2.8 percent) and Democratic Left (2.2 percent) and the out-of-Parliament Ecologists-Greens (2.0 percent). Four percent preferred other, even smaller parties, 8.7 percent declared themselves undecided and 16 percent opted for abstention or a blank vote.

Further, an overwhelming 81.2 percent of respondents said they were in favour of the present government completing its four-year term in office, while 15.8 percent felt it would be better for the country if early general elections were held this year.

In a second opinion poll, conducted by ALCO and appearing in the "Proto Thema" weekly on Sunday, 73 percent of the respondents agree with the construction of the fence in Evros, while 18 percent disagree.

Also, 75 percent of respondents reject new measures for the country to exit the crisis, while 63 percent consider the government's decision to open the closed professions as correct, against 20 percent who expressed opposition.

Further, 71 percent of respondents are critical of government vice-president Theodoros Pangalos' attitude and feel it is incompatible with the image of the prime minister's governance.

As for voter intent, 22 percent of the respondents prefer PASOK against 18.4 percent for ND, 8.0 percent for KKE and 5.3 percent for LA.OS. SYRIZA is given 2.5 percent; 2.6 percent for the Democratic Alliance and 1.9 percent for the Democratic Left, figures that would leave them outside Parliament.