As the date of the May 6 Greek elections draw near it is apparent that support for the mainstream parties is at an all time low. A new poll shows that anti-bailout parties could dominate a coalition government.
Although a ban has been placed on new polls in the two weeks prior to elections, to prevent undecided voters being swayed, the Slog has published results of a poll leaked by a foreign embassy in Athens. The results of the poll for the leading parties of the 32 which are standing are:
New Democracy(ND) 14% (Conservative)
PASOK 12% (Socialist)
Independent Greeks 11% (Hard Right)
SYRIZA 11% (Hard Left)
KKE 9% (Communist)
Golden Dawn 9% (Neo-Nazi)
Democratic Left 8%.
This places the two mainstream parties of PASOK and ND way below the 50 percent which NDTV predicted they would be lucky to win between them. Whilst both parties expect to be punished for their support of austerity measures, the results of the poll indicate that an anti-bailout coalition, and thus anti-EU, could result. As the Slog notes, "it would take only SYRIZA to join with Independent Greeks and New Democracy to form a majority anti-Brussels coalition Government."
With the likelihood of a coalition government taking the helm following elections there has been speculation that current unelected prime minister Lucas Papademos could lead a coaltion. However, Euro News reports that Papademos intends to return to academia following the elections and PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos was reported by Ekathimerini as saying "the next premier would have to be a politician and not a technocrat."