Latest election polls published in the Greek press on Sunday morning indicate that the lead of the extreme left SYRIZA over pro-bailout New Democracy has narrowed.
A number of polls show the two leading parties in a neck and neck race to win votes in the run up to the country's second election on June 17. An MRB poll for Real News places New Democracy on 20.1 percent and SYRIZA on 19.6 percent.
The results are reversed in a Metron Analysis poll for Prothema which places SYRIZA ahead with 20.8 percent and New Democracy second on 19.7 percent. Both polls show that support for the extreme-right party Golden Dawn has waned since they won seven percent of the vote in the May 6 elections. In the poll for Real News their support has fallen to 4.8 percent, whilst in Protherma it has dwindled to four percent.
As Greece remains locked in political turmoil since the May elections failed to give a clear mandate for a government, much could hinge on the votes of the 34.91 percent of the electorate who failed to vote in May. According to Ekathimerini voter turnout for the May 6 election was at an all time low, as a higher percentage of voters remained absent than the number who voted for any one party.