Greece: poll; strong lead for main opposition party Syriza

It's ahead of New Democracy by 11 percentage points

29 September, 14:44

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, SEPTEMBER 29 - A Public Issue poll on the "estimated electoral influence" of the political parties returned a strong lead for main opposition Syriza (radical left), which forged ahead of New Democracy - ND, the leading party in Greece's ruling coalition - by 11 percentage points. The results of the survey - that was conducted nationwide in a period from September 15-23 - were published in the newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton on Saturday as Ana-Mpa reports. Specifically, on the question of estimated electoral influence, Syriza increased its percentage to 36% (from 31% in July) and ND rose to 25% (from 24% in July). The newly formed Potami party dropped to 9.5% (from 10.5%) but remained in third place, followed by far-right Golden Dawn (7.5% from 8.5%), the Communist Party of Greece (KKE, unchanged at 6.5%), junior coalition partner Pasok (5.5% from 7.5%), Independent Greeks (4% from 4.5%) and lastly Democratic Left (Dim.Ar) with 1% (from 1.5%). Other parties received 5%, down from 6% 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 Dim.Ar none. Asked which party they considered most likely to win an election held now, irrespective of their personal preferences, 64% of respondents said Syriza (up from 54% in July) and 24% said ND (down from 32% in July). On who was most suitable for prime minister, 38% replied the current premier Antonis Samaras (from 43% in July), and 34% said SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras (from 29% in July). Another 28% said 'neither' or did not express an opinion. (ANSAmed).

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