Reuters/New York Times
December 31, 2010
Public support for Greece's ruling socialists has dropped markedly over the past months as austerity bites, but they are still more popular than the conservative opposition, a poll showed on Friday.
Policies to shore up public finances under the terms of an EU/IMF bailout, including public sector pay cuts and higher taxes, have taken a toll on the economy, with record high unemployment rates and a deepening recession.
The PASOK socialist party would lead with 22.2 percent if elections were held now, the Kappa Research survey for Sunday's To Vima newspaper showed, whereas it gathered 29.1 percent of voting intentions in a previous poll by the same agency in mid-September.
The main opposition party, the conservative New Democracy, has failed to attract disgruntled voters and has lost just over 1 percentage point over the same period to stand now at 20.2 percent, the poll showed.