New Democracy on rise but SYRIZA in lead for May vote, poll shows

Despite a rise of 2.2 percentage points in two months, New Democracy trailed SYRIZA in Marc opinion poll published in Eleftherotypia newspaper on Saturday.

The survey for May’s European Parliament elections put the leftists in the lead on 21.8 percent, virtually unchanged from February, and New Democracy in second on 19.7 percent.

Golden Dawn was third with 7.6 percent, followed by To Potami (The River) on 6.4, the Communist Party on 5.2, Olive Tree alliance on 4.3, Independent Greeks on 4.2 and Democratic Left on 3.1.

The poll, however, also indicated that none of the parties have convinced voters they are able to tackle the country’s problems.

Only two in 10 respondents had a positive view of the New Democracy-PASOK coalition, while 68.9 percent of those questioned believe that SYRIZA would not be able to change the terms of Greece’s bailout and implement a different economic policy.