Anti-bailout SYRIZA party in the lead, poll suggests

Anti-bailout SYRIZA and the neofascist Golden Dawn were the only Greek parties to have increased their support over the past few weeks, according to a new opinion poll.

The Public Issue survey, broadcast on Skai television late Wednesday, showed leftist SYRIZA opposition would win 29 percent of the vote if national elections were held now.

The same poll put the pro-bailout conservative New Democracy party in second place with 28 percent of the vote. A previous VPRC forecast in July showed New Democracy of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in the lead, with 28.5 percent, and SYRIZA second with 27.5 percent.

Golden Dawn was up 2 percent from July with 13 percent, while the once-dominant PASOK was slightly down at 7 percent. The survey put support for the Communist Party (KKE) at 6.5 percent while Independent Greeks, a right-wing anti-bailout party, polled at 5.5 percent.

Former coalition partner Democratic Left saw its support drop to 2.5 percent, thus slipping below the 3 percent threshold for entering Parliament.

The Public Issue survey showed Samaras is still considered the most suitable Prime Minister, receiving 35 percent over SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras’s 31 percent.

The majority of respondents (60 percent) said there was no need for premature elections. A similar percent (57 percent) however said that a snap poll will not be avoided.

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