SYRIZA maintains a steady lead over New Democracy, according to the results of an opinion poll conducted by VPRC for October. Golden Dawn remained in third place, while PASOK declined even further, compared with a September poll, falling to sixth place.
The main characteristic arising from the poll is uncertainty, as the personal situation of the respondents has worsened and the fear of poverty has increased. Just 40.8 per cent of the respondents stated an electoral preference, while 14.6 per cent were undecided, and 34.6 per cent said they would abstain or cast a blank vote if elections were held next Sunday and 9.9 declined to reply.
Specifically, 30.5 per cent of the respondents said they would vote for SYRIZA, up from 30 per cent in September, while 27 per cent said they would vote for New Democracy, down from 28 per cent in September. 14 per cent opted for Golden Dawn, up from 12 percent in September, followed by 7 percent for Independent Greeks, 6.5 percent for KKE and 5.5 per cent for PASOK, down from 7.5 percent in September. According to the poll, Democratic Left is the last party to enter parliament with 5.5 per cent, up from 4.0 percent in September.
One per cent went for Creation Again and for Ecologists-Greens, while Laos gained 0.5 per cent of the intended vote. 1.5 per cent of the respondents opted for “another party”. To a question on what party they expected would win elections today, regardless of their own party preference, 25.6 per cent of the respondents said SYRIZA, followed by New Democracy with 11.7 per cent, Golden Dawn with 6.2 per cent, PASOK with 0.5 per cent, Democratic Left with 0.2 per cent and “no party” with 35.5 per cent, while 20.4 per cent declined to reply.
As for who is the most suitable for prime minister, 12.4 per cent of the respondents opted for current premier Antonis Samaras against 10 per cent for SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, while 52.3 per cent replied “no one”. Fear of poverty was on the rise, while the majority of the respondents said they oppose the new austerity measures and anticipated that the country’s economic condition will worsen, while also expressing dissatisfaction with the government.
Specifically, 78 per cent of the respondents felt they are ‘”exposed” to poverty, up from 70 per cent in September, while 82 per cent stated that their personal financial situation has worsened in the past year, down from 85 per cent in September. 77 per cent of the respondents feel that the overall economic situation has worsened in the past year and 78 per cent of the respondents disagree with the new package of austerity measures, up from 60 percent that believed in September. 88 per cent said they are dissatisfied with the government, up from 77 per cent in September. Source: AMNA, dv