Monday, January 12, 2015

Samaras Still Trails Syriza 14 Days Before Greek Election

January 12, 2015

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras entered the two-week countdown to Jan. 25 elections with opinion polls showing he has so far failed to narrow the lead held by his main opponent, Alexis Tsipras of Syriza.

Separate polls by Kapa Research and Alco put Syriza’s lead over Samaras’s New Democracy party at 2.6 percentage points and 3.2 percentage points respectively, both little changed. The Kapa poll for yesterday’s To Vima newspaper, which ran under the front-page headline, “The Left’s Opportunity,” gave Syriza 28.1 percent support to 25.5 percent for New Democracy.

“There is a consistent trend of Syriza leading by a small margin over New Democracy,” Dimitris Sotiropoulos, an associate professor of political science at the University of Athens, said in an interview. He said the headline might be significant as the media group to which Vima belongs has until now been “lukewarm about the prospect of a Syriza victory.”


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