ATHENS – The major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party is holding onto its lead over the New Democracy Conservatives in polls, but the the most recent survey puts it at 3.1 percent, down by half.
That was the finding in the opinion poll conducted by METRISI for the Sunday edition of newspaper Eleftheros Typos. A previous poll by another company had shown SYRIZA with a lead about twice that size – which itself had been halved by one just before that.
According to the poll results, SYRIZA had 27.2 percent to New Democracy’s 24.1, followed by the ultra far-right Golden Dawn at 6.4 percent, even though all its 18 lawmakers have been arrested on charges of running a criminal gang, which it has denied.
Then came the new To Potami (The River) with 5. 5 percent, just ahead of the Communists (KKE) at 5.4 percent and the PASOK Socialists, partners in Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras’ coalition government at only 5.3 percent.
Bringing up the rear was the Independent Greeks with 2.3 percent. The former coalition member Democratic Left (DIMAR) failed to register and was lumped with the rest of the parties who totaled 14.9 percent.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras said his aim is to block election of the ruling parties candidate for the symbolic office of Greek President in February, 2015 and force early national polls but 51.6 percent of Greeks don’t want that, and only 39.8 percent do.