NEWS

Greeks favor good US ties

Three out of four Greeks believe it is important for Greece to have good relations with the United States, and this appears to be the attitude across the political spectrum, according to a poll conducted for Kathimerini and Skai Radio. The nationwide poll by V-PRC, conducted among 1,201 respondents on May 17-18, found that 76 percent believe it is important for Greece to have good relations with the United States and 18 percent think it is not important. Some 79 percent of supporters of both conservative New Democracy and Socialist PASOK said good ties were important. Communist Party supporters were at the opposite extreme (67 percent) followed by the extreme right-wing LAOS party (67 percent). Also, 59 percent said Greece could not have a foreign policy independent of the USA. President George W. Bush, however, had an approval rating of 5 percent among Greeks.