NEWS

Scant support for loan deal

Just under 20 percent of Greeks believe that the government should continue abiding by the terms of the EU-IMF loan memorandum and pay off all of Greece?s debt, a poll has found, while almost two-thirds of respondents believe the country will default at some point.

The Public Issue survey for Skai TV and Radio indicates that the percentage of Greeks who think Greece should restructure its debt has increased from 40 percent last September to 53 percent this month.

Similarly, 17 percent believe Athens should default, compared to 7 percent eight months ago. The percentage of those who think Greece should stick to the memorandum has fallen from 29 to 17.

In terms of who Greeks blame for the country?s debt and deficit problems, politicians are seen as the chief culprits, polling 33 percent.

Governments as a whole are regarded as the guilty parties by 21 percent, while 11 percent say that Greek citizens must accept the biggest share of the blame.