ATHENS – Fearful of the country being pushed out of the Eurozone, most Greeks want the government to reach a compromise with its international lenders.
The showing in the survey by Marc for Efimerida ton Syntakton essentially reverses previously findings showing strong support for the country’s defiant stance with the troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB).
Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras won the Jan. 25 snap elections on his promise to reverse harsh austerity measures and not negotiate with the troika but is backed into a corner as the county is essentially broke.
The survey showed 65.9 percent want a compromise and 30.7 percent want the government to break away from the Eurozone. Only a slim majority 54.2 percent want Tsipras to hang tough, compared to 81.5 percent in February.
But, continuing a pattern of contradictions, only 23.4 percent of respondents though the conservative New Democracy, the previous rulers who imposed big pay cuts, tax hikes, slashed pensions and worker firings could do better, while 56.6 percent said it would be worse.
If elections were held now, 36.2 percent said they would vote for leftist SYRIZA, 21 percent New Democracy, 6.7 percent Potami, 5.4 percent Golden Dawn, 5 percent the Communist Party, 4.1 percent Independent Greeks and 3.1 percent PASOK.