Louka Katseli, a former PASOK minister who now leads the small leftist party Social Pact, on Wednesday threw her weight behind the head of the ascendant anti-bailout party SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, declaring support for «genuine, progressive forces.”
Addressing a joint press conference with Katseli, Tsipras, who was later on Wednesday to address a public gathering in Keratea, southwestern Attica, said the two leaders had agreed on the basic points of convergence. His party is to outline its policy program on Friday.
Meanwhile a poll carried out by VPRC for Epikaira magazine put the leftist party SYRIZA ahead of conservative New Democracy, garnering 30 percent of the vote compared to ND’s 26.5 percent.
The conservatives had inched ahead of SYRIZA, according to the results of a series of recent opinion polls which the leftist party had disputed.
The VPRC poll put socialist PASOK at 12.5 percent, the Independent Greeks and the Democratic Left at 7.5 percent apiece, the Communist Party at 5.5 percent and the extreme-rightwing Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) at 4.5 percent.
Opinion poll indicates
desire to stay in eurozone
An overwhelming majority of 80.9 percent of respondents want Greece to remain in the eurozone at all costs, while 77.8 percent are in favour of amendment of the Memorandum and 66.4 percent prefer the formation of a cooperation government, according to the results of a GPO opinion poll presented on private Mega television station on Tuesday night.
According to GPO chief Takis Theodorikakos, the poll was conducted by telephone on a sampling of 1,600 citizens from may 25 to 29.
To a question on what the respondents want to emerge from the June 17 repeat general elections, 66.4 percent of the respondents replied “a cooperation government”, against 30.3 percent who wanted a “self-sufficient government”, while 3.3 percent declined response.
Asked about their degree of interest in the elections, 82.7 percent of the respondents replied “very much”, 17 percent replied “not so much”, while 0.3 percent declined comment.
To a question on whether there should be repeat elections, 25.3 percent of the respondents replied “yes”, 72.4 percent replied “no” that a coalition government should have been formed after the inconclusive May 6 general elections, while 0.3 percent declined comment.
Asked whether Greece should remain in the euro at all cost, 80.9 percent of the respondents replied “yes” and 18.0 percent replied “no”, while 1.1 percent declined response. In an earlier opinion poll, in February, 2012, the corresponding percentages were 77.2 percent, 21.1 percent and 1.7 percent respectively.
To a follow-up question of whether continuation in the euro ‘at all cost’ means acceptance of the implementation of the Memorandum as a condition, 52.4 percent of the respondents said “yes”, 44.5 percent said “no”, and 3.1 percent declined comment.
Asked what should be done with the Memorandum, 20.4 percent of the respondents were in favour of its abrogation, 77.8 percent were in favor of its amendment, while 1.2 percent declined comment.
To a question on what actions of the government could lead to the country’s exit from the euro, 67 percent of the respondents replied ‘abrogation of the Memorandum’, 17.6 percent replied ‘implementation of the Memorandum”, and 15.4 percent declined comment.
Asked about the prospect of an exit from the euro, 45.5 percent of the respondents said it was “a very strong prospect” while 45.4 percent replied “a small prospect” and 6.2 percent declined comment.
To a question on who was to blame for the failure to form a government, 47.9 percent of the respondents said Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras, followed by New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras with 16.7 percent, Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos with 6.8 percent, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos with 4.4 percent, Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis with 3.2 percent, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga with 2.4 percent, and ultra-right Chryssi Avghi (Golden Dawn) leader Nikos Mihaloliakos with 0.1 percent.
Asked which political party leader maintained the most positive stance after the inconclusive May 6 elections, 22 percent of the respondents said Samaras, followed by Tsipras with 20.8 percent, Venizelos with 17.2 percent, Kouvelis with 9.6 percent, Kammenos with 6.4 percent, Papariga with 4.3 percent, and Mihaloliakos with 1.7 percent.
With respect to voters’ intent, 23.4 percent of the respondents said they would vote for ND, 22.1 percent for SYRIZA, 13.5 percent for PASOK, 7.4 percent for Independent Greeks, 5.9 percent for KKE, 5.1 percent for DIMAR, 4.2 percent for Chryssi Avghi, 2.6 percent for Dimiourgia Xana, 2.6 percent for the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party and 0.5 percent for the Ecologists-Greens, while 9.4 percent were undecided.
Asked which party was the most prepared to govern, 55.1 percent of the respondents said ND, followed by SYRIZA with 16.1 percent, PASOK with 10.2 percent, Independent Greeks with 3.8 percent and DIMAR with 2.2 percent, while 24.3 percent said ‘a different party’.
On the party expected to win the elections, 56.6 percent of the respondents said ND, followed by SYRIZA with 33.6 percent and PASOK with just 0.5 percent.
As for who is the most appropriate for prime minister, 22.7 percent of the respondents said Samaras, followed by Tsipras with 19.1 percent, Venizelos also with 19.1 percent, Kouvelis with 8.1 percent, Kammenos with 4.4 percent, Papariga with 2.1 percent, and Mihaloliakos with 1.7 percent.
Asked what the voting criteria will be, 36.5 percent of the respondents said “the formation of a government”, 24.6 percent said “ensuring Greece’s stay in the euro”, 19.9 percent said “change of the Memorandum” and 15.3 percent said “abrogation of the Memorandum”, while 3.7 percent declined comment.
Regarding the rallying of the parties’ voters, the poll indicated 89.3 percent for ND, with a tendency of attracting voters from Democratic Alliance at 66.7 percent, from Independent Greeks at 14.9 percent, and from LAOS at 16.4 percent.
Rallying of SYRIZA voters was 79.7 percent, with a tendency of attracting voters from DIMAR at 21.4 percent, from Chryssi Avghi at 18.2 percent, from Independent Greeks at 17.0 percent, from KKE at 16.2 percent, from PASOK at 4.0 percent and from ND at 1.8 percent.
According to Theodorikakos, in presenting the results of the question on the rallying of the parties, many of the people who voted for Chryssi Avghi place themselves politically as ‘Left or Center-Left), given that, according to the poll results, 60 percent of the respondents who voted for Chryssi Avghi in the May 6 elections did so in protest against the political system and 29.3 percent did so “in order for the immigrants to leave the country”, while only 4.8 percent put themselves politically as “ultra-right”.
To the same question, 58.6 percent of the respondents who voted for SYRIZA in the May 6 elections did so in protest against the political system, 28.2 percent for abrogation of the Memorandum, and 6.5 percent for the formation of a Left government.