Nearly half of Greeks believe that Merkel reelection would be bad for Greece

If Chancellor Angela Merkel were to win federal elections in Germany on Sunday, the consequences on Greece’s interests would be “somewhat negative” according to 47 percent of Greeks questioned as part of Public Issue opinion poll published on Friday.

A sizable 79 percent of respondents also said they have a negative opinion of the German chancellor, who has insisted on a policy mix of tough austerity for Greece’s European Union- and International Monetary Fund-backed bailout program.

Another 75 percent also responded that their overall view of Germany is negative, up from 66 percent in May 2011.

Just 10 percent of respondents said that Merkel’s anticipated reelection may have positive consequences for Greece.

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