Poll ups ND lead in Euro-vote

The ruling conservatives are likely to increase their lead over the ousted Socialists in next month’s European Parliamentary elections, according to a new poll made public yesterday. A nationwide survey carried out between April 29 and May 5 by the Kapa Research pollsters for the Sunday Vima found that 41.6 percent of respondents proposed to vote for New Democracy, against PASOK’s 34.5 percent. This 7.1 percent lead is well in excess of the 4.82 percent margin with which the conservatives cruised to victory in the March 7 national elections. The Communist Party (KKE) came third at 6.3 percent, followed by Synaspismos Left Coalition at 3.4 percent, while the ultra-right-wing Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) came fifth at 2.3 percent. The European elections will be held on June 13. Some 60.7 percent of respondents said Greek parties’ approach to the Cyprus issue would not affect their vote. A nationwide V-PRC poll published in the Sunday Kathimerini established that only 55 percent of respondents have already made up their mind who to vote for.

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