ATHENS – With political instability reigning in Greece, the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party leads the ruling New Democracy Conservatives of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras by 5.2 percent.
That was the finding in a Metron Analysis survey for the Parapolitika newspaper which said that was the gap in voting estimate and that it was 4.5 percent in voting intentions.
It gave SYRIZA 24.3 percent to New Democracy’s 19.8 percent, a gap similar to other surveys in recent months that shows the Leftists benefiting from opposition to austerity measures the coalition government, which includes the PASOK Socialists, has been imposing on orders of international lenders.
The new populist To Potami (The River) party moved into third with 6.9 percent, followed by the ultra-far-super-extreme right wing Golden Dawn which still has 5 percent although all 18 of its lawmakers have been arrested on charges of running a criminal gang.
The Communists followed with their usual marginal standing, this time at 4 percent, while PASOK is languishing in sixth, five years after winning the national elections with 44 percent.
The precipitous drop has led PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, who is Deputy Premier/Foreign Minister in Samaras’ Cabinet, to say he is going to end the party and create a movement to be called Democratic Alignment.
The Independent Greeks (ANEL) are seventh at 2.7 percent, below the 3 percent threshold needed to enter Parliament and then comes the anti-austerity ANTARSYA resistance party with 1 percent.
Other parties gathered a total 3.8 percent, 5.3 percent of respondents said that they will not vote for anyone, 6.7 said they will abstain from the election process, while 16.7 percent said they are undecided as to whom to vote for.
In voting estimate, SYRIZA leads at 34 percent versus 28.8 percent of New Democracy, The River follows at 9.7 percent, Golden Dawn at 7 percent, KKE at 5.6 percent, PASOK at 5.4 percent, Independent Greeks at 3.8 percent and ANTARSYA at 1.5 percent.