Athens.- New Democracy (ND) leads over main opposition SYRIZA, in two new opinion polls appearing on Sunday in RealNews newspaper and Proto Thema, while the ultra-right Chryssi Avghi (Golden Dawn) appeared to have risen to third place. In another one published in Athens weekly “Pontiki” on Thursday.
SYRIZA had a small lead of 1.5 pct over New Democracy (ND).
According to the results of the opinion poll, conducted by MRB, ND was preferred by 23.1 percent of the respondents, against 22 percent for SYRIZA, 9.2 percent for Chryssi Avghi, 5.5 percent for PASOK, 4.9 percent for the Independent Greeks, 4.4 percent for Democratic Left (DIMAR), and 4.3 percent for the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).
ALCO’s poll gives a 24.9 percent lead to ND against 23.4 percent for SYRIZA followed by Chryssi Avghi (Golden Dawn) 9.7 percent, 8.6 percent for PASOK, 6.6 for Independent Greeks, 5.2 for Communist Party and 4.8 for Democratic Left (DIMAR).
According to MRB, Prime minister and ND leader Antonis Samaras was preferred by 44 percent of the respondents as the most suitable for prime minister, followed by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras with 26 percent, while 27.5 percent of the respondents said neither of the two.
The opinion poll conducted by Pulse polling company for “Pontiki” on Jan. 21-22 showed that 21.5 pct would have voted for SYRIZA if elections were held today (23.5 pct in November 2012) and 20 pct would vote for ND (19 pct in November). The ultra-right Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn) got 12 pct, maintaining its showing compared with a November poll, followed by PASOK with 6.5 pct (6 pct in Nov.), Independent Greeks 5.0 pct (from 6.5 pct), the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) with 5.0 pct (from 5.0 pct in Nov.) and Democratic Left (DIM.AR) 4.0 pct (3.5 pct in Nov.).
In favour of other party are 5.5 pct (from 5.5 pct) of the respondents, blank vote/abstention gets 11.5 pct (from 10.5 pct), and those who were undecided or refused to respond reached 9.0 pct (from 8.5 pct).
Counting only the valid ballots (no blank/spoiled votes are counted, undetermined abstention rate) SYRIZA will get 24 pct, ND 22.5 pct, Chryssi Avgi 13.5 pct, PASOK 7.5 pct, Independent Greeks and KKE 5.5 pct, DIM.AR 4.5 pct and Other Parties 6.5 pct. Undecided are 10.5 pct of the respondents.
Regarding the leader most suited to be prime minister, Antonis Samaras was chosen by 29 pct (26 pct in November) and Alexis Tsipras by 22 pct (23.5 pct in November).