Athens.- A Public Issue poll on the “estimated electoral influence” of the political parties returned a strong lead for main opposition SYRIZA, which forged ahead of New Democracy – the leading party in Greece’s ruling coalition – by 11 percentage points. The results of the survey were published in the newspaper “Efimerida ton Syntakton” on Saturday.
Specifically, on the question of estimated electoral influence, SYRIZA increased its percentage to 36 pct (from 31 pct in July) and ND rose to 25 pct (from 24 pct in July). The newly formed Potami party dropped to 9.5 pct (from 10.5 pct) but remained in third place, followed by far-right Golden Dawn (7.5 pct from 8.5 pct), the Communist Party of Greece (unchanged at 6.5 pct), junior coalition partner PASOK (5.5 pct from 7.5 pct), Independent Greeks (4 pct from 4.5 pct) and lastly Democratic Left (DIM.AR) with 1 pct (from 1.5 pct). Other parties received 5 pct, down from 6 pct in July.
Based on these findings, the number of Parliamentary seats that each party would receive if elections were held are the following: SYRIZA 146 (within a range from 142-150), ND 66 (61-72), Potami 25 (20-30), Golden Dawn (16-24), KKE 17 (15-20), PASOK 15 (12-17), Independent Greeks 11 (8-13) and DIMAR none.
Asked which party they considered most likely to win an election held now, irrespective of their personal preferences, 64 pct of respondents said SYRIZA (up from 54 pct in July) and 24 pct said ND (down from 32 pct in July).
On who was most suitable for prime minister, 38 pct replied the current premier Antonis Samaras (from 43 pct in July), and 34 pct said SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras (from 29 pct in July). Another 28 pct said ‘neither’ or did not express an opinion.
Voters appear to be evenly divided on whether there should be early elections due to the election of a new president of Greece, with 49 pct believing it is “probably unnecessary” and 46 pct saying it is “probably necessary” and 5pt not expressing an opinion.