ATHENS – The size of the lead varies, but the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) has maintained a gap over the ruling New Democracy Conservatives of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
A Public Issue poll shows the difference, which was as high as 7 percent in a different survey, is 4.5 percent, down from the previous month as the Leftists hope to block election of a Greek President this month to force early national ballots.
SYRIZA garnered 36.5 percent, New Democracy 29.5 percent and To Potami 8.5 percent. Samaras’ coalition partner the PASOK Socialists had 6 percent, tied with the extremist Golden Dawn and the Communist KKE.
The fading Independent Greeks slipped to 3.5 percent, just above the 3 percent threshold needed to enter Parliament, while the former coalition member the Democratic Left (DIMAR) was at 1 percent and essentially irrelevant. The remaining parties gathered just 3 percent.