The Economics Department of the University of Ioannina, Greece, carried out a poll of voting intentions during the next elections.
The poll posed the question, “How would you vote if there were a general election held next Sunday?” SYRIZA received 14.5% of the vote, the option “other party” was in second place with 10.5%, with Nea Dimokratia in third with 7.3% and the communist party (KKE) forth with 3.5%. The remaining parties (PASOK, DIMAR, Independent Greeks, Golden Dawn) were all below 3%. What was significant was the proportion of floating voters (36.4%).
The results of the poll are interesting in that they suggest that the popularity of Nea Dimokratia and Antonis Samaras is falling, particularly among young people, while PASOK which was once the dominant party would not be participating in parliament.
Alexis Tsipras, leader of SYRIZA appears optimistic claiming that the next elections will be held in 2014 and not in 2016 as scheduled. During his visit to the Aghios Andreas children’s foundation, Tsipras claimed that 2014 will be the year that SYRIZA begins the step by step reconstruction of Greece.