New Democracy Still Leads SYRIZA

The "NeaPASOKcratia" government: Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (L) with PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos
The “NeaPASOKcratia” government: Prime Minister Antonis Samaras (L) with PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos

Continuing a trend in recent polls, the ruling New Democracy (ND) party is maintaining a 1 percent point lead over its major opposition rival the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA,) a virtual dead heat given the margin of error. The poll was taken by the agency Public Issue for SKAI TV and Kathimerini.

But the bad news for ND leader and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is that 77 percent of voters aren’t impressed with his recent Cabinet shakeup – which he denied was coming – that brought in ministers from the PASOK Socialist party, that he said he would never work with.

The survey conducted earlier this month puts the conservatives at 28.5 percent and SYRIZA with 27.5 percent, followed by the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party with 11 percent, the fading PASOK Socialists, who are Samaras’ coalition partner, and came in at 8 percent and the Independent Greeks and KKE Communists with 7 percent each.

PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos was named Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister by Samaras after withdrawing his objections to the closing of the national broadcaster ERT and the firing of all its 2,656 workers.

The Democratic Left (DIMAR,) which withdrew from the government’s previous coalition, is paying a heavy price for going against its principles and platform by supporting austerity measures while in the administration, coming in dead last at 3 percent, the threshold needed to win seats in Parliament or vanish.

Only 23 percent of Greeks have a positive view of the recent government reshuffle, the poll found, although 47 percent of ND supporters saw the shake-up in a positive light. The figure for PASOK voters was even lower at 41 percent.

DIMAR chief Fotis Kouvelis also lost support in the wake of his party’s pull-out. His approval ratings fell 8 percent, to 34 percent. Samaras is still the most popular politician with a rating of 39 percent although he is continuing to impose austerity measures after saying he wouldn’t. That figure, however, showed a 3 percent drop.

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, who is overseeing his party’s first Congress this week to little coverage and trying to unify its wildly diverse base of Communists, anarchists, Trotskyites, Maoists and ecologists, is a close second though at 36 percent.

Some 65 percent of respondents said they don’t want early elections although they also don’t like the current ND-PASOK government. About 60 percent believe the coalition will finish the term up to the next scheduled elections in 2016, although it’s unclear if they will remain a permanent coalition or run against each other and attack each other’s record while working together.

 

According to the survey, most Greeks do not believe that the debt-hit nation is set for recovery. Slightly more than 60 percent said they expect their personal finances to worsen. A total 75 percent said they expect unemployment, which rose to 27.4 percent in the first quarter of 2013, to rise further.

 

People’s view of the euro is almost unchanged, the poll found, with 55 percent having a positive opinion. It was the same level as previous months but well below February’s 70 percent.

 

Inspectors from the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund troika completed their latest review of Greece’s bailout this week, allowing euro area finance ministers to approve 6.8 billion euros in aid.


  • ibid

    I am starting to agree with you. Funny enough noone mentions exiting the EU which is the most important first step. This tells you they are all part of the ‘system’.

  • Alithia

    I’m an economic conservative, social liberal and nationalist. Look that up instead of claiming “libertarian”, which in some respect is true but simply too broad.

    The biggest disagreement that we have is on unions and withdrawing from the Euro. First, I don’t have an issue with unions, I have an issue with militant unions and holding a nation hostage to demands. Second, unions are negotiating entities, not political machines. So that is why I think that now, they are doing more harm then good. Particularly in a Greek economy that is so fragile. Further to that, as someone who was born dirt poor, I have no time or space for “entitlement” people. Look closely at unions and the ongoing theme is that they are “entitled” to whatever they can blackmail.

    Second is the withdrawing from the Euro. I don’t like the Euro and it did me great harm, but now, it would be worse. It simply will devastate people savings from minute one because of hyperinflation and then , in the future, still have high inflation. We can avoid that by simply keeping the Euro and shedding the debt. With the Euro and no debt, we will have a stronger economy and very little inflation.

    Going to the drachma will not hurt me. I already have my money and investments in better places. But it’s no use being “better off” and everyone around you neck deep in an economic holocaust. Misery is NOT good company.

  • Eleni

    Hey ‘Alithia’ (Alex’s mother)

    You say…,
    “We can avoid that by simply keeping the Euro and shedding the debt. With the Euro and no debt, we will have a stronger economy and very little inflation.”

    OOhh..! What an original idea.
    Surprised no one thought of it earlier…????

  • worldarts

    I love these Polls they are a FARCE because they are made by the same people bribed backing ND & PASOK for years…. Why isn’t the Greek Press asking where the 250 million Euros went that PASOK & ND Parties took out in “phony” bank loans from their Banker cronies, and never even paid a cent back after 10 years?
    That put in the news again will change the polls against ND & Pasok BUT THE PRESS will not say a word about it of course!

    Is all the 250 million owed a show of their good Governance and Gov’t Management skills?

    Into whose greedy dirty pockets did the 100s of millions of Euros go into?
    Why isn’t the Greek Justice System & Press asking any questions?
    Could it be they are all in the same rotten bed together..?

    No worry, come 1st October there will be a “million man” Greek march on
    Parliament who will RISE UP and throw these slimy, rotting Politicians out on
    their sorry pathetic asses!

  • Alithia

    The argument between ibid (and others) and myself was his insistence on going back to the drachma while I argued that we must stay in the Euro. We both agree to dump the debt.

    You have anything to add? Otherwise go gossip with your girlfriends in the kafeneio.

  • Ripsokindynos

    “Semi competent”, you give them too much credit!!!

  • ibid

    Alex’s mother? LOL. You do realise the noun ‘alithia’ is female? For some reason I assumed you were male.

  • ibid

    My initial beef with you was when you were parroting the foreign press and making generalised comments such as Greeks are lazy, Greeks are corrupt etc. IT is an insult to the vast majority who do the right thing. Regarding the libertarian tag, you proudly proclaimed you were in fact libertarian in one of your earlier posts and that meme stuck with me. Hence all the Haiti and Somalia comments. Do you recall that?
    Regarding the euro, Hellas will never recover inside the euro straightjacket. I think the drachma will eventually return but there will be a lot of pain and suffering before that happens as this current regime will not change course and unfortunately most Greeks are still bewitched by the euro. It’s like being married to a beautiful woman who constantly cheats and backstabs you but you still love and can’t let her go. Almost like a Stockholm Syndrome situation.

  • Alithia

    I checked a few minutes ago……and I’m male.

    I’m aware that it can be used as a woman’s name but the clear intent is the translation of “truth”. Which is in context on commenting about political/economic articles. Originally I was going to use “Truth” but then, I would have childish taunting of “you’re not Greek” for no other reason then using an English screen name.

    As for the Alex this or that, it’s childish behavior in here.

  • Alithia

    Libertarian means one thing in North America and something a bit different in Greece or from a literal translation.

    In NA, it’s a differentiation to “right wing”. Basically a libertarian would be be economic conservative, small government and social liberal (versus social conservative) The broader meaning of libertaniarism is closer to anarchism, which I do not advocate. Also one has to note the context in the use of the word. I can say “i’m a social libertarian”, meaning, I do not want to impose my views on peoples social/sexual behavior, but it has to be in context of a social conservative discussion.

    A certain percentage of Greeks ARE lazy. It’s hard to put a direct number but I would hazard a guess that a third of Greeks rather spend time in the kafeneio then work. you know that and I know that. So if I said “Greeks are lazy”, check the context.

    As for the Euro versus drachma, I think you are grossly underestimating the consequences even if you use words like “pain and suffering”. If you strip the bank accounts and the last hope Greeks have for their own future, if they face nothing but endless inflation and onerous taxation, Greek society will having nothing to lose and disintegrate. It boils down to this, if you dump the debt, nobody is going to lend us anything so we need to survive on our own bank accounts. We currently have about 260 billion Euro in private and corporate accounts. With a 5-8 billion deficit, we could slowly survive on it for as long time. Plus very little inflation. On the other hand, if it’s converted to drachmas, it will lose 50% or more in value in one year PLUS inflation which the government will have to cover with ever increasing taxation.

    The issue goes from onerous and difficult to unbearable. from screaming and riots to complete economic collapse….followed by social collapse. To put food on the table, it’s going to be everybody for themselves……even if it has to be rules of the jungle.

  • Alithia

    BTW…ibid. Please separate your debate/discussion of various topics into paragraphs. It’s easier respond to them.

    This is NOT meant as a criticism or insult.

  • Alithia

    And now I’m replying to myself. LOL

    I noticed that you did break it up into paragraphs. Great.

    Again,the previous post was not meant as an insult.