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Poll: Large majority of Greeks want compromise with lenders

A large majority of Greeks want Athens to reach a compromise deal with its foreign lenders to avoid being forced out of the euro area, according to a new survey.

The poll, which was carried out by Kapa Research and is to be published in Sunday’s To Vima newspaper, found that 71.9 percent want an agreement with Greece’s creditors, against 23.2 percent who said the government should refuse any compromise.

According to 72.9 percent, Greece must stay in the eurozone, while 20.3 percent said the country would be better off with the drachma.

Almost 80 percent said they want Greece to remain a member of the EU while 73.7 percent backed membership of NATO.

A strong majority, 68.8 percent, are wary of a Greek euro exit while 24.1 percent said the risk has been avoided.

At 36.9 percent, SYRIZA was found to hold a comfortable lead over conservative opposition New Democracy, on 21.7 percent.