With more rescue loans pouring in, Greeks are feeling better about their country’s prospects, giving a boost to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy (ND) party that has swung back into the lead in popularity over the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) in a survey.
New Democracy, despite being the lead party in a coalition imposing more austerity measures, gained 3 percent from a previous poll taken for the newspaper Kathimerini and sister SKAI TV. The Public Issue poll for January gave New Democracy 29 percent of the vote to 28.5 percent for SYRIZA, which fell 2 percent.
The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party remained third with 10 percent and the PASOK Socialists were fourth with 8 percent, tied with the Independent Greeks also have 8 percent, followed by Democratic Left with 7 percent and the Communist Party at 5.5 percent.
There has been a significant change in the percentage of voters who think ND will win the next elections, up from 25 percent in December to 39 percent this month. Meanwhile, those expecting a SYRIZA victory are down from 60 percent to 44 percent.
The apparent shift in the political scene came as the proportion of Greeks who feel their country is heading in the wrong direction fell by 19 percent in a month to 68 percent. Also, those who think the state is doing its job well is up from 10 percent to 26 percent.
The percentage of Greeks who think their country will default has fallen to 21 percent from 38 percent, but 52 percent believe the economic crisis will last more than five years.
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