PASOK gets a lift in poll

The government’s success in breaking the November 17 terrorist organization has helped it close the gap slightly with the opposition in opinion polls. A nationwide poll published in the To Vima newspaper yesterday showed that whereas in April, 36.7 percent of those polled said they would vote for New Democracy and 29.4 percent said they would vote for PASOK, ND now had the backing of 37.8 percent while PASOK had edged up to 31.5 percent. Also, Prime Minister Costas was found to be the better candidate for the post by 36.7 percent (up from 34.3), overtaking ND leader Costas Karamanlis with his 35.7 percent (from 35.2 percent). The poll by Kappa Research was conducted from August 23-29 with 1,623 households polled. Also, 64.3 percent said they had more (or some more) faith in the police.