While nearly a statistical dead-heat, the major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) has taken a minimal lead of 0.9% over the New Democracy Conservatives of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, in a poll published by the newspaper Eleftherotypia, and slightly larger lead in another.
SYRIZA stands at 20.45% compared to 19.5% for New Democracy. The neo-Nazis of Golden Dawn remain third, but with 8.5%, a slippage of 2.5% from a previous poll. The PASOK Socialists, who won 44% in their victorious 2009 elections, had only 5.6% as their leader, Evangelos Venizelos, faces a challenge at this month’s party congress.
In fifth was the KKE Communists at 4.8%, followed by the sagging Independent Greeks with 4.6%, with the tiny Democratic Left (DIMAR)– one of Samaras’ coalition partners along with PASOK – fading fast at 4.1%.
They were ahead of only the Ecological Greens who managed to garner only 1.2% of voter support, and DRASI, with 1.1%. Some 4.2% picked others. More worrying for all the parties was that 36.1% of people said the backed none of them.
SYRIZA is vehemently against the austerity measures being imposed by Samaras’ government on the order of international lenders. According to another poll by the agency pulse for the newspaper Six Days, SYRIZA is leading by 1.5%, 21.5-20%. But Samaras is a runaway choice to remain Prime Minister in yet another contradiction from Greek voters, with a 30% showing of support, with SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras at 23%. The Pulse poll had Golden Dawn at 12%, PASOK at 7%, KKE with 6%, Independent Greeks at 5%, and DIMAR at 4%.
Of the respondents who answered Eleftherotypia, 75% said the country’s constitution needs to be changed, and 80% disagreeing that it should be left up to the Parliament to decide whether to investigate their fellow politicians for alleged wrongdoings.
Also, 78% said they wanted a Constitutional consolidation for a 15-year stable taxation system. Greek tax structures often change several times a year without warning, leaving taxpayers having to sometimes pay retroactive fees and businesses uncertain how to plan. Some 62% want the abolition of immunity for Members of Parliament.