Greece: survey; Nea Dimokratia confirmed first party

Racism concerns over 70% of Greeks

10 June, 11:39

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, JUNE 10 - Nea Dimokratia (ND), the centre-right party led by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, came out as the first party among Greek would-be voters in a survey carried out by polling institute Mrb Hellas for weekly Realnews.

    ND obtained 22,1% of support against the 20,3% recorded by radical left-wing party Syriza led by Alexis Tsipras. Stable in third place with 10,6% came the neo-Nazi Greek party Chrysi Avgi (golden dawn) followed by Independent Greeks with 5,5%, Pasok (Socialists) with 5,1%, the Democratic Left with 4,9% and the Communist Party with 4,6%.

    Answering to a question on who is the best prime minister for Greece now, 43,2% of would-be voters polled chose Samaras against 23,7% who chose Tsipras; 31,6% of respondents thought NS was the best party to handle the crisis against 21,1% who chose the other major party, Syriza, while 38,5% answered 'neither'.

    As far as racism and racist hate crimes are concerned, 70,7% of respondents said the problem is 'quite serious' while 67,7% said crime and illegal actions by immigrants are the most serious problem for Greece. Some 41,1% called for harsher laws to protect society against crimes carried out by illegal immigrants. Finally, the survey highlighted that the growing popularity of neo-Nazi party Crysi Avgi, according to 48,0% of those polled, is due to the economic crisis and the inability of the political system to force the guilty parties to take responsibility rather than neo-Nazi or racist sympathies of voters. (ANSAmed).

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