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PASOK and ND lose ground in latest poll

PASOK?s support diminished further over the last month, according to a new opinion poll, as eight in 10 Greeks say that their personal economic situation has deteriorated since last year.

According to the Public Issue poll for Sunday?s Kathimerini, the percentage of voters backing PASOK has dropped from 35 percent in March to 33.5 percent this month. However, New Democracy also saw its support decline by the same margin to 27 percent.

The Communist Party (KKE) has gained slightly in popularity, moving up from 11 to 12 percent. The Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) fell from 9 to 8.5 percent. Support for the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) increased by 0.5 percent to 5.5. There were also 0.5-percent rises for the Ecologist Greens, Democratic Left and Democratic Alliance, which all have shares of the vote that are barely enough to gain seats in Parliament.

Public Issue director Yiannis Mavris said that this erosion of the two main parties? power means that the Greek political system has passed the ?point of no return? and the landscape is about to change. ?The political scene seems to be heading to an unavoidable overhaul,? he wrote in Sunday?s Kathimerini.

?The lack of power and a mandate from voters of the dominant powers has led to their paralysis, while also seriously limiting the room for political maneuvers and initiatives that they can undertake.?

Only 11 percent of respondents said they were happy with the government?s handling of Greece?s problems. Speaking to Skai radio yesterday, PASOK MP Ektoras Nasiokas said the Socialist government was in need of a ?reboot.?