Polls in Greece Show SYRIZA’s Lead Shrinking



election pollsWith the undecided reaching 25.5 percent, the latest opinion poll on intention to vote shows that the difference between SYRIZA and New Democracy is shrinking.

According to a recent survey conducted by ProRata for Efimerida ton Syntakton daily published on Friday, SYRIZA would receive 23 percent of the vote with New Democracy trailing behind at 19.5 percent.

In a poll by the same company conducted in early July, 26 percent of participants said they would vote for SYRIZA and 15 percent for ND.

In the new poll, SYRIZA rebels Popular Unity barely make it to the Greek Parliament with 3.5 percent of the vote. It is estimated that 3 percent of the total vote is the minimum for a party to enter parliament.

Junior coalition partners Independent Greeks (ANEL) would be out of parliament if elections were held today, getting only 2 percent.

Golden Dawn comes third with 6.5 percent of participants showing their preference to the extremist party. The Greek Communist Party comes next with 5 percent, followed by PASOK at 4.5 percent. To Potami seems to be losing followers as it comes in sixth place with 4 percent.

The new poll puts for the first time in parliament the outsider Center Union, a marginal centrist party led by outspoken Giorgos Leventis who got 3 percent of potential voters.

However, 25.5 percent of participants said they haven’t decided who to vote for yet.

The pollsters also asked Greeks whether they want to stay in the Eurozone or not. The majority (68 percent) answered that they want Greece in the euro at any cost, even if that meant austerity reforms.

Also, 64 percent said that departing prime minister Alexis Tsipras made a wrong move by leading the country into elections seeking a fresh mandate.