New Democracy, SYRIZA Tie, But Samaras Rules

This is as close as SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras (L) and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras ever gets.
This is as close as SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras (L) and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras ever get.

While Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy Conservatives are locked in essentially a dead heat with the major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) for voter support, he has a nearly 2-1 edge as the people’s choice for Premier over his rival, Alexis Tsipras.

A survey by the firm Public Issue for the newspaper Kathimerini and its SKAI TV affiliate showed that if elections were held now that SYRIZA would get 29 percent and New Democracy 28.5 percent.

Asked about their preference for Prime Minister, 46 percent chose Samaras and only 26 picked Tsipiras, while 26 percent said neither was a good choice.

The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which got only 0.29 percent in the 2009 elections, has rocketed into third place with a strong showing of 11.5 percent on the back of a platform to rid Greece of all immigrants. The Independent Greeks are fourth with 8 percent.

Samaras’ coalition partners are faring poorly. The PASOK Socialists, who had shared running the country for four decades with New Democracy, are fading out of sight, in fifth with only 7 percent, and the tiny Democratic Left lagging at 6 percent. The KKE Communists were last with 5.5 percent. PASOK got 44 percent in 2009.

Despite their collectively poor showing, the three-party coalition that is imposing austerity measures on the orders of international lenders together has the support of 37 percent of voters, far ahead of SYRIZA, with only 23 percent believing it could rule better.

Greek voters retain a gloomy opinion of the country’s prospects with 72 percent believing that Greece is heading in the wrong direction, 63 percent seeing a need for “deep changes” in society and 23 percent stating that the only way forward is radical change by means of a revolution.

Six in 10 Greeks (63 percent) said they believed that early general elections were not necessary but 51 percent said they believed that snap polls were inevitable before the end of the current government’s four-year term. Meanwhile an overwhelming majority of 96 percent said they believed the new tax system is unfair while 80 percent said they expected upheaval in the labor sector over the next three months.


  1. “The PASOK Socialists, who had shared running the country for four decades
    with New Democracy, are fading out of sight, in fifth with only 7
    percent…. PASOK got 44 percent in 2009.”

    “if elections were held now that SYRIZA would get 29 percent”

    I.e. most of the Syriza supporters…. are former PASOK voters that supported them for decades. Now they dishonestly pretend they didn’t have a hand in giving Pasok power.  When Pasok grew up and realize moeny doesn’t grow on government trees, these shameless parasites moved on to communism.

  2. The etymology of the term socialism predates the term communism. Just like capitalism the term socialism can mean a range of beliefs in practice (anywhere from medium government intervention to complete state ownership of private property).  Go back to school Bobby V.

  3. “The exact definition of communism varies, and it is often mistakenly, in general political discourse, used interchangeably with socialism; however, Marxist theory contends that socialism is just a transitional stage on the road to communism. Leninism adds to Marxism the notion of a vanguard party
    to lead the proletarian revolution and to secure all political power
    after the revolution for the working class, for the development of
    universal class consciousness and worker participation, in a transitional stage between capitalism and communism.”

  4.  Socialism is a form of Communism……you have to be stupid not to understand that.  The difference is that Socialism is a bit litter form.  How would you understand that when you have never lived in a socialist country.  Wikipedia isn’t going to help you live it.

  5. Alex you comment on every article that has to do with Greek politics. Do you even live in Greece to know what’s going on? Or are you one of those Greek-something that come to Greece once a year. Because you don’t know what you’re talking about. Leave SYRIZA and all the other parties alone and focus on the 3 parties that are governing now and look at what they’ve achieved. Go on youtube and watch Samaras’ speeches before elections and see what he promised to the people and what he has actually done. The fact that ND is governing with PASOK shows how they don’t want to fix anything. They are still supporting this corrupt system. SYRIZA ANEL and even XA can’t be judged yet because they haven’t governed unlike PASOK and ND who have been in power since the fall of the junta. They worked together all these years.

    PS get off your computer and take a walk in downtown Athens (that’s if you live in Greece). I live and work in downtown Athens so I see the real Greek crisis every day and no its not SYRIZA’s fault…3 years ago they were barely in existence. Let be real. I didn’t vote for SYRIZA but I can’t blame them because they are not in power. They might have some former PASOK members but it doesn’t mean that they will be like PASOK. Let them govern first and then judge. I’m sure they won’t be as bad as the three parties governing now.

  6. Who can beleive in “Polls” with all the coruption still going on in Greece, where ‘not one’ Politician yet has been held responsible for High Crimes against the State!
    These “Polls” are a joke and Poll companies are paid off with bribes, just like everything else is. Nothing has changed because the Justice System is not working here. Period.

  7.  Niko he has no idea what he is talking about!  He doesn’t even speak Greek.  He is a clueless little kid and has no idea what he is talking about!


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