Half of Greeks Unhappy With Athens’ Handling of Soldier Crisis



One in two Greeks (51 percent) have a negative view of the way their government is handling the case of two soldiers jailed in Turkey, a poll shows.

In the survey conducted by Pulse on behalf of Skai television, 30 percent of respondents “definitely disagree” with the way Maximos Mansion handles the case and 21 “probably disagree”.

On the other hand, 11 percent “definitely agree” that the government is making the right moves on the case and 21 percent “probably agree” that the authorities are handling the issue properly.

The remaining 17 percent refused to answer or claimed that they did not know the issue well enough.

Voting

In the same poll, the main opposition New Democracy party leads the race on intention to vote with 31.5 percent, with the ruling party SYRIZA coming second with 21.5 percent.

New party Movement of Change (PASOK, To Potami collaboration) comes third on 8.5 percent, followed by Golden Dawn with eight percent,  the Communists at six percent, Independent Greeks (ANEL) at two percent and the Centrists’ Union at two percent also.

However, 21.5 percent of respondents said they are undecided, will abstain or cast a blank ballot.

In the question who is most likely to win the election, New Democracy leads with 55 percent, while SYRIZA trails behind with 23 percent.

Finally, on the question who is most suitable for prime minister, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is ahead with 31 percent, while Alexis Tsipras has the support of 22 percent. However, four in ten respondents (39 percent) said “neither one”.