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Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Syriza party, applauds whilst holding a flower during a pre-election party congress in Athens, Greece, on Jan. 3, 2015. (Photo: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg)

 

As Greek Elections Approach, Leftwing Syriza Increasing Its Lead: Poll

Anti-austerity platform continues to gain popular support

Common Dreams staff

Ahead of national elections in Greece scheduled for January 25, new polls released on Friday and Saturday show the leftwing Syriza party continues to enjoy growing popularity, improving its lead over opposition parties, including those that make up the current ruling coalition.

According to Reuters:

Greece's anti-bailout Syriza party is solidifying its opinion poll lead over the ruling conservatives eight days before the country's election, according to a new survey on Saturday.

The survey by pollster Kapa Research for Sunday's To Vima newspaper showed the radical leftists' lead widening to 3.1 percentage points from 2.6 points in a previous poll earlier in the month. [...]

The survey, conducted on Jan. 13-15, showed that Syriza, which is running on a pledge to end austerity policies and renegotiate the country's debt, would win 31.2 percent of the vote if the election was held now, versus 28.1 percent for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' New Democracy conservatives.

And, reporting on a separate survey, the Greek Reporter adds:

Main opposition Syriza leads over senior ruling coalition partner New Democracy by 4.6 percentage points in voting intent, according to a Metron Analysis poll conducted for the “Parapolitika” newspaper and released late on Friday.

In the poll, Syriza got 35.4 percent, New Democracy 30.8 percent, To Potami 7.1 percent, Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) 5.4 percent, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) 5.1 percent, junior ruling coalition partner Pasok 4.2 percent and Independent Greeks (ANEL) 3 percent.

According to the poll, the parties that will not make it in Parliament (under 3 percent of votes) include former PM George Papandreou’s party KIDISO with 2.7 percent and Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) 1.4 percent. Another 4.9 percent chose “Other.”

According to the polls, the largest percentage (48 percent) of undecided people are affiliated with the center and center-left.


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