With the Greek snap elections set for September 20, a new opinion poll indicates changes in the structure of the next Greek Parliament.
SYRIZA leads New Democracy by just 1%, as the two parties garner 22.2% and 21.2% of the intended Greek vote respectively. SYRIZA’s former coalition partner, the Independent Greeks (ANEL), gathered 1.7% of the vote, which would mean failure to secure seats in the next parliament.
Former dissident SYRIZA MP Panagiotis Lafazanis‘ Popular Unity party would be in the new parliament that is set to convene on October 1, thanks to a 3.1% support rate. Another party that was not in the recently dissolved Greek Parliament, the Centrists Union, got 3.8% of the vote and thus also secures a marginal presence in parliament.
The poll indicates a sharp disapproval of the government’s performance these past 7 months. 72% of respondents had a negative assessment of the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition government while only 22% approved it.
The vast majority of the poll’s respondents prefer the euro, as 79% argued in favor of the country’s presence in the Eurozone instead of adopting a new currency. Meanwhile, views on the bailout deal that former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to are more divided, with 55% of respondents arguing that he was right to sign a new deal and 40% believing he was wrong.