Poll Shows Greek Pessimism Grows

despairGreeks buried under 3 1/2 years of austerity measures said they’ve essentially given up on any hope life will get better and are growing more pessimistic about the economy, according to a nationwide poll by GPO for Mega TV and radio’s  Overthrow.

Some 63 percent expect their lot will become worse over the next two to three years, compared with 15.6 % saying that it will improve and 19.9 % who believe that it will remain the same. Greece is relying on international aid to keep the economy from collapsing but it has come at the cost of relentless pay hikes, tax hikes and slashed pensions.

The numbers of pessimists jumped nearly four percent from a previous GPO survey while the optimists fell even more.

Greeks turned thumbs down on Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras’ assertion that they aren’t paying enough taxes compared to others in the European Union despite a drop in disposable income of more than 46 percent since a crushing economic crisis began. Some 96.7 percent said Stournaras was completely wrong in his assertion, which drew a sharp rebuke from critics. Only 3.1 percent of Greeks thought they should pay more taxes.

More bad news for the coalition government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the New Democracy Conservative leader, is that 79.7 percent are opposed to a pending unified property tax that combines a series of assessments into one larger fee. Only 12.8 percent felt it was fair.

With the government relying on going after people who have taxes withdrawn from their checks while doing little to go after the self-employed, professionals and tax cheats who owe the state more than $70 billion, 85.4 percent of Greeks said they want a fair system where everyone pays and 71.4 percent believe Samaras will fail to right the economy compared to only 27.1 percent in favor.

Only 35.6 percent believed the government was doing enough about the crisis and 62.8 percent said it wasn’t. Samaras has said he’s creating a “success story” for Greece and that the economy will begin to recover next year and that it will show a primary surplus this year for the first time in a decade.

That could trigger possibility of debt relief from the $325 billion owed to the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank, the EU-IMF-ECB Troika that essentially sets Greek fiscal policies.

But if Samaras has to worry, the survey was devastating for the major opposition anti-bailout Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party as 70.1 percent of people had a negative opinion about its tactics of trying to bring down the government with early elections.

Asked about whether they still trust the party they voted for, only little more than half, 51.6 percent said yes and 48.4 percent said no. Despite that, Greeks keep electing New Democracy and its coalition partner, the PASOK Socialists.

The poll was conducted from Nov. 28-30 among a sample of 1,000 people while the government was stalled in negotiations with the Troika over a pending loan and delayed reforms.


  1. The only poll that really matters is on election day. The other may have skewed results as we do not see profile of participants, the specific questions posed, localities and demographics. I suggest we all take a “happy pill” or sing a favorite song and get on with life.

  2. Leftist propagandists like Dablis typically spin stories in ways to suggest Greeks all support their anti-samaras views. The fact is Samaras is in power because he won the last election fair and square (much to the chagrin of extremists waiting in the wings)

    Anyone that has a shred of objectivity knows Greeks are divided politically. There is no overwhelming voice in Greek politics that speaks for the majority of Greeks.

    – Syriza speak for communism not hellenism (communists are essentially non-Greeks)

    – Disillusioned former Pasok supporters like Andy are far more interested in defending illegals than defending hellenism. (essentially puppet of the US)

    – Even Golden Dawn seems more interested in fascism than hellenism. (go on and on about “white race” and praise hitler for goodness sake)

    For all its mistakes and inadequacies, until something comes along thats better, our current coalition government is the closest we have to defending hellenism.

  3. The problem lies in that we are settling for mediocrity rather than pressing our leaders to aspire to the challenge now facing the nation. By settling for the status quo, in this instance we have compromised far more than we gained. Yet in the vacuum of leadership we have few choices other than bad and worse. This is by purposeful design not coincidence as we have seen the past decades. Perhaps as many acknowledge SYRIZA should take the reins of government albeit a short while until we purge ourselves of ND and PASOK old guard. We must revise our constitution and press hard for leaders with vision. Nothing comes along that is “better” unless there is a need and people there willing to support it.