SYRIZA lead over ND narrows to three points in Marc poll

Greek left-wing opposition party Syriza’s poll lead over the ruling conservatives has narrowed slightly to 3.0 percentage points, according to a poll published after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras proposed a Jan. 25 parliamentary election.

The survey conducted by Marc for Alpha TV showed the anti-bailout Syriza party would get 28.1 percent of the vote if an election were held now, versus 25.1 percent for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s New Democracy party.

Support for the co-ruling Socialists was 4.6 percent.

A poll by the same pollster published last week showed Syriza was leading New Democracy by 3.5 percentage points.

The poll was published hours after lawmakers failed to elect a president on Monday, triggering the dissolution of parliament and an election next month.

The telephone survey of 1,017 households, conducted on Dec. 26-28 nationwide – before Monday’s presidential vote – showed that 58.6 percent of Greeks were against snap elections.

About one third of the respondents said they would prefer a New Democracy-led coalition government after the election versus 23.7 percent who would like a Syriza-led coalition government.

Syriza has been ahead of the government in opinion polls for months but its lead has shrunk in recent days as the showdown in parliament neared.