A new poll, conducted by the University of Macedonia and published by Greek newspaper “Kathimerini,” shows SYRIZA in the lead over New Democracy by 7.5%.
Greek main opposition party SYRIZA leads with 27.5% compared to New Democracy’s 20%, while “To Potami” comes third with 7.5%, followed by Golden Dawn (6.5 %), the Greek Communist Party (5.5%), Elia (4%), Independent Greeks (2.5%) and Democratic Left (0.5%). In a previous poll conducted last September, the difference between the first two parties was 6%.
According to the analysis by Nick Marantzidis, Professor at the University of Macedonia in northern Greece, the gap between SYRIZA and New Democracy was created in two phases: The first phase was in the first half of 2014, when SYRIZA recorded a significant gap in the May elections outcome. It should be noted that this gap was not created in the pre-election period, but was essentially established by mid-spring. The second phase was in early autumn, when factors such as the ENFIA property tax and internal government problems had a negative impact on New Democracy voters.
Anti-memorandum voters is a major votes reservoir for SYRIZA, since it received 30% of Independent Greeks voters, 13% of Golden Dawn’s and 12% of the Greek Communist Party voters when the Memorandum dilemma was first launched in June 2012. It seems that this dilemma still works for the benefit of SYRIZA, which still receives the votes of those who are either frustrated or angry with the coalition government parties.
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