Greece, Syriza heads polls as leading party

Majority of Greeks say no to eurozone exit

08 January, 12:21

    Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza, during a pre-election rally in Athens Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza, during a pre-election rally in Athens

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS - Syriza, the radical leftist Greek opposition party led by Alexis Tsipras, is currently ahead in the election race and boasts a comfortable margin (3,2%) over Nea Dimokratia (ND), the governing centre-right party led by premier Antonis Samaras, according to polls conducted by Gpo for private tv station Mega. Syriza obtained 28,5% of preferences, Nea Dimokratia 25,3%. To Potami (The River) with 5,8%, the Greek communist party with 5,7%, the neo-Nazi party Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) with 5,4% and Socialist Pasok - supporting the governing coalition with Nea Dimokratia - with 5,0%, all follow.

    The new party, Movement of Democratic Socialists, formed a few days ago by ex premier Giorgos Papandreou, gained only 2,6% of preferences and would stay out of Parliament according to the poll. When asked who would be the best president for Greece given the circumstances, 40,3% of Greeks pointed to the current premier Samaras, while 34,9% opted for Tsipras.

    The majority of Greeks want their country to remain in the Eurozone. 75,7% of people interviewed in the poll said that Greece must remain in the Eurozone at any cost, while 22,3% answered that Greece would be better off without it. According to 59,2% of Greeks there is a tangible risk that the country might exit the Eurozone, while 35,4% believe this is not a realistic outcome.(ANSAmed).

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