Most Greeks and BoG governor say no to drachma

An opinion poll published on Saturday showed that more than three-quarters of Greeks want the country to stay in the eurozone, while the head of the Bank of Greece warned of a terrible impact on the country should it revert to using the drachma.

A Kapa Research poll showed that a commanding 77.2 percent of Greeks wish to keep the euro in their pockets, with another strong majority asking the government to be more demanding in its negotiations with its creditors, after which there should be a general election, the poll has found.

Just over two in five (40.1 percent) want Lucas Papademos to stay on as Prime Minister if there is no clear winner in the elections.

On Friday BoG governor Giorgos Provopoulos described the ?terrible? situation to emerge from a return to the drachma, warning for shortages in fuel, raw materials and even agricultural products, while schools and hospitals, and generally the public sector, would have serious problems in their operation.

?The situation would take us back to the 1950s,? Provopoulos stated, adding that the army and the police would have problems in moving their vehicles, for lack of fuel.

The mere fact that the governor of Greece?s central bank felt compelled to warn of the consequences of a return to the drachma is indicative of the point that the debate about it has come to.

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