Poll gives ND 5.8-point lead over SYRIZA

Poll gives ND 5.8-point lead over SYRIZA

Ruling New Democracy has a 5.8 percentage-point lead over main opposition SYRIZA, according to the results of an opinion poll published on Friday.

When asked which party they would vote for if the elections were held this Sunday, 31.6% of respondents said New Democracy and 25.8% replied SYRIZA.

The poll, conducted by Kapa Research on May 5-9, before the party leader’s debate on Wednesday, put socialist PASOK on 8.5%, communist KKE on 6.6%, nationalist Greek Solution on 3.8% and Yanis Varoufakis’ MeRA25 on 3.5%.

Some 29% of respondents said they wanted to see New Democracy form a single-party government, compared to just 8% who wanted to see SYRIZA form the government on its own.

A coalition government with SYRIZA in the lead was favored by 28% respondents while a New Democracy-led coalition government was preferred by 14%.

Improving the health system, increasing salaries and pensions, improving education, reducing taxes and supporting the younger generation should be the five main priorities for the next government, most respondents said.

The five least important matters for respondents were speeding up reforms, managing migration flows, strengthening the country’s image abroad, speeding up the green transition in energy and making progress with issues with Turkey.

The poll, conducted on a sample of 1,202 voters in 13 regions in the country, has a margin of error of 3%.

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