Poll: More than 4 in 10 Greeks are Undecided or Abstain from Next Ballot



A new opinion poll in Greece shows that four in ten citizens (41.7 percent) are undecided on who they would vote for, abstain from the elections or refused to answer.

The poll conducted by Pulse on behalf of Tvxs news website, shows that more and more Greeks seem to distrust politicians, more so at a time of grave national issues such as Turkey’s aggression or FYROM’s refusal to remove irredentist articles from its Constitution.

Characteristically, main opposition New Democracy is steadily leading over SYRIZA but at a low 20.8 percent against 11.9 percent of the ruling party on intention to vote.

The Greek Communist Party (KKE) and Movement for Change tie in third place with 5.2 percent preference of potential voters each. Golden Dawn is in fifth place with 5 percent.

Two parties that are currently in parliament did not get the 3 percent needed to enter in the new parliament if elections were held today. Specifically, the Centrists Union (1.9 percent) and junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) with 1.1 percent seem not to be trusted by enough Greeks.

Then there is the majority, the undecided voters were 23.8 percent in the poll, while 8.9 percent of respondents said they would not vote at all. Also, 6.8 percent of respondents said they would cast a blank vote.

Adding those who responded “other” (3.3 percent) and those who “don’t know/won’t answer” (2.2 percent), 41.7 of Greeks are either distrustful of the current cast of politicians or they would decide at the last minute.

In the question regarding debt relief, 62 percent of respondents said the adjustment of the debt will be “very important” for the economy, while 19 percent said “important”.