Two new opinion polls confirm that conservative New Democracy is presently more popular than leftist SYRIZA and that Alexis Tsipras’ popularity is waning.
The first survey by the Opinion Poll company, conducted on behalf of Eleftheros Typos newspaper shows that on voting intentions, 31% of participants would vote for New Democracy with SYRIZA trailing at 18.5%. Golden Dawn comes steadily third with 6.5% and the Greek Communist Party (KKE) ranks fourth with 5.5% of the potential vote.
Democratic Coalition (PASOK-DIMAR) follows at 5% with Plefsi Eleftherias coming next at 3%. It should be noted that only parties that receive 3% of the total vote and above qualify to enter the Greek parliament.
Independent Greeks (ANEL) and the Centrists Union received 2% each and would be out of the next parliament. Both parties are currently in the House. Another party currently in the House, To Potami, received only 1.5% and it would be out of the next parliament if elections were held today. Popular Unity also got 1.5% of potential voters. The undecided come to 12.5%, while 5.7% of participants claimed they will not vote, 2% said they will cast a blank ballot and 3% will vote for a small party.
In the question “Who do you think would win the next election”, 61.2% of respondents believe it would be the conservatives and only 14% believe it would be the leftists.
Another poll conducted by MRB research on behalf of Real News newspaper, shows New Democracy leading with 24.2% of participants and SYRIZA coming second with 16.9%. Golden Dawn follows at 6.3%, Democratic Coalition at 5.6%, KKE at 4.6%, Centrists Union with 2.5%, ANEL at 2.4%, To Potami at 2.1%, Plefsi Eleftherias at 2.1% and Popular Unity at 1.3%.
In this survey, 19.8% replied that they will abstain or cast a blank ballot and 9% are either undecided or they will vote for marginal parties.
Asked who do they think would win, 59.6% believe it would be New Democracy and 20.6% SYRIZA. Also, 30.4% believe that conservative leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is more suitable for prime minister and 19.3% believe the same for Alexis Tsipras. However, 48.3% answered “neither”.