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Poll Reveals Citizens are Critical of Government

Greek voters are increasingly pessimistic about the local economy and have serious doubts about the socialist government’s handling of financial issues, according to Tuesday’s poll for private television station Mega TV.
The poll conducted by research firm GPO for the show “Anatropi” showed that 78.3% of local voters saw little or no positive prospects for the local economy going forward.
58.1% of Greek voters consider the socialist government’s economic policies to be heading in the wrong direction.
Additionally, 71.7% of those questioned think the current PASOK government has no independent economic policy and has relinquished the country’s fate to the austerity policies of its international lenders.
In May the debt ridden country agreed to fiscal consolidation and unprecedented austerity measures with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union, in exchange for a 110 billion euro bailout to alleviate bankruptcy.
Socialist Minister for Health Andreas Loverdos said on the television program that while Greek voters are naturally unsatisfied, they are hoping the government wins the bet to put the country back on the right economic track, even if they are unsure about the success rate.
But the poll also revealed additional alarming statistics regarding the government. 61.3% of voters have a negative view of the recent cabinet reshuffling.  57.1% believe new and tougher measures are unavoidable and will be imposed despite current government denials.
A key test for the government and main center-right opposition New Democracy party will be during early November local government elections.
GPO surveyed 1,000 Greek voters nationwide over the age of 18 in the last nine days to compile their results. No margin of error was given.

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