Two new political surveys show that the ruling New Democracy Conservatives of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras maintain a growing lead in one of the major opposition party Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and slightly behind in the other – but both give him a huge margin as the country’s preferred leader over his rival Alexis Tsipras.
Even worse for Tsipiras is that 55. percent of Greeks surveyed by the agency RASS for the Sunday Press (Typos) want the coalition government of New Demoracy and the PASOK Socialists to finish their four-year term until 2016 while 41.9 percent would support SYRIZA’s hope to have early elections as a test of whether Greeks want to keep accepting bailouts from international lenders that have come with harsh austerity measures.
RASS has New Demoracy leading SYRIZA by 1.6 percent. The ruling party has 24.2 percent compared to 22.6 for the major opposition Leftists. Golden Dawn 6.2 percent, KKE 5.8, Independent Greeks 4.8, PASOK 4.6, DIMAR 3.1 and the marginal Ecological/Greens off the charts at 1.5 percent, with the LAOS party that once served in a coalition government two years ago at the bottom with 1.3 percent.
Asked who would win if elections were held now, 52.2 percent said New Democracy to only 41.7 percent for SYRIZA, a wipeout in political terms and more bad news for the Leftists as Tsipras has been shifting his position on whether to support – or not – continued bailouts from the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) that’s all that’s keeping Greece in the Eurozone.
Tsipras said he wants the money without the conditions and wants to keep Greece in the Eurozone although he can’t without the bailouts and has not offered any alternative other than to restore pay cuts, cut taxes, restore all pensions and not fire anyone in a public workforce bloated with hundreds of thousands of needless workers hired by New Democracy and PASOK for generations.
And it got even worse for Tsipras who isn’t without shouting distance of Samaras for Prime Minister with those surveyed saying the Premier was their choice by a runaway margin of 49.2-33 percent, almost an insurmountable advantage.
The polling agency ALCO reported for the newspaper Proto Thema that SYRIZA was ahead of New Democracy by an infinitesimal 0.5 percent, negligible given the margin of error.
ALCO put SYRIZA at 25.3 percent to New Democracy’s 24.8 while Golden Dawn entrenched in third with 9.9 percent, followed by the Independent Greeks at 6 percent, PASOk at 5.7, KKE with 4.7, DIMAR at 3.8, Egological Greens 1.9 and the former PASOK minister Andreas Loverdos’ new party at 1.2. ALCO gave Samaras the edge over Tsipras for Prime Minister by a margin of 34-27 percent.
The polls showed punishing results for PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, who abandoned his opposition to public firings demanded by the Troika and was rewarded by Samaras with the positions of Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister but at the cost of seeing his once-dominant party falling deeper toward the bottom of the polls and out of favor with 95 percent of Greeks. The party won 44 percent of the vote in 2009 when then-leader George Papandreou was elected prime minister.