Athens.- Main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) parliamentary group secretary Nikos Voutsis on Saturday insisted that elections should be held immediately, noting that the rest, namely, the election of the new president of the republic, the constitutional revision, the election system and other pending institutional issues will be settled after the people’s vote.
In an interview in RealNews newspaper, he said that personal strategies, aspirations and role claiming are strange to the culture and values of the Left.
New Democracy party secretary Andreas Papamimikos on Saturday expressed certainty that elections will be held in 2016 because the new president of the republic will be elected by the present parliament, noting that opinion polls show that the people do not want early elections.
Speaking in Thessaloniki before local party bodies, Papamimikos said that the government, implementing the prime minister’s pledges, is already taking relief measures for the people.
Opinion polls published over the weekend show SYRIZA holding a lead over ND ranging from 3.6 – 11 percentage points.
Metron Analysis gives a 4.7 percentage point lead to main opposition SYRIZA over majority coalition partner New Democracy (ND), in voting intent, in a poll for “Parapolitika”/
Asked for voting intention, 23.3 percent of people polled said they would vote for SYRIZA, over 18.6 pct who said they would vote for ND. They were followed by “To Potami” with 5.9 percent, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) with 4.4 pct, PASOK with 3.7 pct, Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) with 3.5 pct, Independent Greeks (ANEL) with 2.8 pct, Ecologists-Greens with 1.6 pct, and ANTARSYA and LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally) with 1.3 pct each.
At the same time a difference of 4.3% in favor of SYRIZA IS recorded in a poll conducted by the company on behalf of MRB newspaper “Agora”.
More specifically, SYRIZA gathers in voting intention a rate of 23.9% compared to 19.6% of New Democracy. POTAMI is in the third place with 7.5%, followed by the Communist Party, the Golden Dawn and the Independent Greeks.
The difference between New Democracy and SYRIZA increased to 5.5% in estimating voting where SYRIZA record 30.6%, compared to 23.9% of New Democracy.
Finally, the majority does not want early elections with 60% answering no or probably not, while 37.8% saying yes or probably yes.
In addition, 4.4 pct said they would vote for other parties, 4.8 pct said they would cast an invalid or blank vote, 7.7 pct would not vote, 13.7 pct were undecided and 3 pct declined to voice an opinion.
Asked who among political leaders would be a better prime minister, 34 pct chose current Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, 18 pct SYRIZA’s Alexis Tsipras. Another 2 pct each went to Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK), Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic Left/DIMAR) and Stavros Theodorakis (To Potami). Panos Kammenos (ANEL) and Nikos Michaloliakos (Golden Dawn) each got 1 pct. A further 2 pct chose Other, 35 pct chose No One, and 3 pct declined to answer.
The majority of the people in a Kapa Research opinion poll published in the Sunday edition of Vima newspaper say ‘no’ to early elections and want the present parliament to elect the new president of the republic.
According to the opinion poll, main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) is given a 3.6 pct lead over New Democracy (ND).
SYRIZA leads with 25.8 pct followed by ND 22.2 pct, PASOK 6.8 pct, Potami 6.6 pct, Golden Dawn (GD) 6.1 pct, Communist Party (KKE) 5.9 pct and Independent Greeks (ANEL) 3.2 pct.
In the same opinion poll, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is most suitable for premier with 44 pct while SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras gets 35.6 pct.
Most suitable to deal with the country’s problems is a coalition government headed by ND (38.1 pct) while a coalition government headed by SYRIZA gets 36.9 pct.
According to the opinion poll, 58.3 pct of those who answered the questionnaire believe that early elections will have a negative impact on the country’s economy as opposed to 36.6 pct who do not share this view.
Also, 55.9 pct believe that the new president of the republic should be elected by the present parliament as opposed to 37.2 pct.
In addition, 72.2 pct believe that an agreement between the government and the troika will be reached, while 56.9 pct believe that the agreement is delayed because of the troika’s demands.