Athens.- Ruling coalition partner SYRIZA leads by 23.5 percentage points over main opposition New Democracy (ND) in voting intention according to an opinion poll conducted by Metron Analysis on behalf of newspaper Parapolitika, which was published on Saturday.
Asked “if there were elections next Sunday, which party would you vote for?” 41.9 pct of the respondents said SYRIZA, while 18.4 pct said ND.
Golden Dawn is third place with 5.3 pct, followed by Potami with 4.9 pct, the Communist Party (KKE) with 3.9 pct, Independent Greeks (ANEL) with 3.8 pct, PASOK with 3 pct, KINIMA with 2 pct and the Union of Centrists with 1.9 pct.
A further 2.4 pct said they would vote for “Another party”, 3.9 pct said Blank/Invalid, 5.1 pct said they would abstain, 2.5 pct said they were undecided and 1 pct didn’t answer.
On the question of whether “you are in favour of Greece remaining in the Eurozone”, a resounding 84 pct of participants said “Yes”, 13 pct said they prefer the drachma and 3 pct didn’t answer.
Asked “who you believe must back down from its demands in the negotiations”, 60 pct said the Eurozone, 20 pct said Greece, 18 pct said both and 2 pct didn’t answer.
Another 62 pct sees the government’s course so far as positive, versus 29 pct who have a negative opinion and 7 pct who said “neither”. Two percent didn’t answer.
Of those polled, 72 pct said they have a positive opinion about the way Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is exercising his duties, 22 pct have a negative opinion, 4 pct has :neither positive nor negative” opinion and 2 pct didn’t answer.
Asked who is more suitable for prime minister, Alexis Tsipras leads with 53 pct, with Antonis Samaras following with 19 pct.
Another poll by Palmos Analysis shows SYRIZA leading by 26.5 percentage points over New Democracy ND.
Asked “if elections were held on Sunday, which of the following parties would you vote for?”, 42.8 pct of respondents said SYRIZA and 16.3 pct said ND. The Communist Party (KKE) received 3.9 pct, Golden Dawn 3.6 pct, To Potami 3.4 pct, the Independent Greeks (ANEL) 3.2 pct, PASOK 2 pct, Union of Centrists 1.6 pct and KINIMA 1 pct.
Questioned on how they would characterize the government’s negotiation with Greece’s lenders, 50 pct of participants said it is “tough”, 24 pct said “mild” and 20 pt said it is “non-existent”. A further 4 pct said it doesn’t have an opinion and 2 pct didn’t answer.