Greek Elections: Ruling New Democracy leads SYRIZA by 5.1% in latest poll

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A nationwide survey by RASS found that the ruling New Democracy gathered a percentage of 28.2%, SYRIZA 23.1%, PASOK 11.4%, KKE 6.8 %, the Greek solution 4.8% and MeRA25 4.4% in the lead up to the elections next month.

The difference between ND – SYRIZA narrowed by one point compared to the January poll of the same company. Rass’s metric was featured on the TV channel Action24.

Regarding the individual indicators, the image of Kyriakos Mitsotakis is superior to that of Alexis Tsipras. Mitsotakis leads with 16.4 points over Alexis Tsipras in terms of suitability for the prime ministership.

55.6% disagree with Androulaki’s proposal “Neither Mitsotakis nor Tsipras”, while 38.8% see it positively.

35.7% of respondents said they trust Kyriakos Mitsotakis to manage the Economy for the benefit of the citizens, expanding the percentage recorded in the voting intention for the ruling party, while Alexis Tsipras sums up the percentage of SYRIZA, and Nikos Androulakis the percentage of PASOK/KINAL.

Greece will hold a parliamentary election on May 21, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Tuesday.

“The country and its citizens need clear horizons,” Mitsotakis said during a Cabinet meeting. “The national elections will be held at the end of the four-year term, as I had committed from the start. They will take place on Sunday, May 21.”

The conservative New Democracy government’s four-year term expires in July.

The May 21 vote will take place under a new proportional representation system, making it difficult for any party to gather a majority. Two rounds of voting are likely, as Mitsotakis has repeatedly said he will try to secure a parliamentary majority — without resorting to a coalition government. “If a second round is needed to cancel the adventure of proportional representation, it will take place by early July at the latest,” Mitsotakis said.

Numbers suggest that based on current polling it will be almost impossible to form a majority government even after the second round and a coalition will be needed. The first party would need to get around 38 percent of the vote in the second round to form a thin majority.

Public anger following the deadly train crash joins other issues the Greek government is dealing with, including high inflation and food prices, financial wrongdoing by conservative MPs and a wiretapping scandal.

While acknowledging that “mistakes were made,” Mitsotakis said his party slogan will be “we will continue to change Greece more unconventionally and boldly.”

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