Most Greeks against cutting state-church ties, survey finds


The majority of Greeks are against separating Greece’s Orthodox Church from the state, a new poll has found.

According to the ProRata survey for the Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper, 46 of respondents are against severing state-church ties, while 38 percent are in favor of maintaining the existing status between the two institutions.

Meanwhile, 42 percent said that the state should take care of priests’ salaries and pensions, over 40 percent who disagree.

Pollsters found that a majority supports legislation allowing the establishment of private universities, the dismissal of civil servants who do not meet evaluation criteria, and lower tax rates for private businesses.