NEWS

ND sees steady gains on PASOK

Maintaining its steady lead over the ruling Socialists, opposition New Democracy is now 8.4 percent ahead of PASOK in the opinion polls two years after the last national election, a poll published in the Sunday Kathimerini shows. According to a nationwide survey carried out by MWG ALCO between June 6-13, current voter sentiment would give the conservatives 37.9 percent of the vote, compared to PASOK’s 29.5 percent. ND’s lead has dipped marginally since the last poll, published at the end of May, which gave the main opposition party an 8.8-percent advantage. Sunday’s poll would have the Communist Party in third place at 5.2 percent, and outgoing Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos’s now defunct Movement of Free Citizens (KEP) at 2.9 percent, just ahead of Synaspismos Left Coalition. The parliamentary threshold is 3 percent. The poll found that 57.4 percent of respondents expect ND to win the next polls, over 25.2 percent for PASOK. And as for the person most suited to govern Greece, ND leader Costas Karamanlis came slightly ahead of PM Costas Simitis.