Sunday, January 4, 2015

Greek Opposition Party Syriza’s Lead Narrows, Poll Shows

Wall Street Journal
January 4, 2015

Greek leftist opposition party Syriza continues to lead in public opinion polls just weeks ahead of national elections, a new poll showed Sunday, though its lead over the ruling New Democracy party has narrowed slightly.

According to the poll, conducted by the Rass polling agency and published Sunday in the Eleftheros Typos newspaper, 30.4% of those surveyed said they would vote for Syriza, up from 27.1% in mid-December. That places Syriza 3.1 percentage points ahead of the ruling conservatives, from 3.4 percentage points in a previous poll.

Greece’s coalition government—comprising New Democracy and its junior partner, the socialist Pasok party—faces snap elections on Jan. 25 after the Greek parliament failed last month to elect a new head of state. The government has positioned the elections as a de facto referendum on Greece’s future in the eurozone, saying Syriza’s policies would risk rupturing relations with eurozone partners, which have pledged €240 billion ($288 billion) in aid to prevent Greece from defaulting on its massive debt burden.


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