Greek PM’s popularity in free fall

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends the vote for president at the Greek parliament in Athens on February 18, 2015.  Greece's parliament on February 18 elected pro-European conservative Prokopis Pavlopoulos as the country's new president, a move calculated to bolster the hard-left government in its critical EU bailout talks. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI        (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

A recent survey showed the Greek PM has started to lose favour with the public with opposition party New Democracy now extending its lead over ruling SYRIZA party to 15 points, whilst 64 percent said the Opposition would more than likely win at the next elections.

The results are from a recent poll conducted by the University of Macedonia and show support for the conservatives is now at 30 percent, which reflects a rise of 1.5 points from last month’s survey, while SYRIZA is on 15 percent, one point down from last month.

Only 20.5 percent find the Alexis Tsipras as the most suitable political leader for the position of prime minister while conservative chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis was picked by 37 percent.

In terms of popularity, Tsipras ranked in seventh place, trailing most other leftist leaders, including Zoe Constantopoulou, Dimitris Koutsoumbas, and Vassilis Leventis. Only Panos Kammenos, Tsipras’s nationalist coalition partner, and neofascist leader Nikos Michaloliakos were found to be less popular.

Golden Dawn was in third place on 7 percent, followed by the Greek Communist Party (KKE) on 5.5, PASOK on 4.5, the Union of Centrists on 3 and Sailing for Freedom right on 3 percent, which is the threshold for entering Parliament. The poll found that To Potami, Independent Greeks, Antarsya and Popular Unity would not secure enough votes to enter the House.

The same survey indicated a big majority was unhappy with the work of the SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition, with 89 percent saying they were “disappointed” by its performance, a perception shared by 79 percent of SYRIZA voters. Accordingly, 87 percent of respondents said that “things are moving in the wrong direction.”

Asked who they thought will win the next election and would score a comfortable victory- only 12.5 percent thought SYRIZA would garner the most votes.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.