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article imageGreece: SYRIZA leading by 6% in final election poll

By Katerina Nikolas     Jun 1, 2012 in Politics
Athens - SYRIZA, the Coalition of the Radical Left, has taken a dramatic six percent lead in the final poll allowed before Greece holds elections on June 17, polling 31.5 percent.
Poll results cited in Ekathimerini show that SYRIZA has soared ahead of New Democracy in a dramatic turnaround since the polls published in the Greek press on Sunday, which gave New Democracy a slight lead.
The latest poll places SYRIZA on 31.5 percent, New Democracy on 25.5 percent, and PASOK on 13.5. Of the smaller parties the Democratic Left, which has stated it will be willing to form a coalition government with SYRIZA, is on 7.5%, whilst the Communists KKE has 5.5 percent.
Support for the far-right Golden Dawn has dropped from 7 percent in the May election to just 4 percent, still enough of a percentage to gain the party entry to Parliament.
In spite of SYRIZA's strong showing in the latest poll, Ta Nea reported voters have questioned the suitability of Alexis Tsipras to become Prime Minister. Fotis Kouvelis, leader of the Democratic Left is the most popular choice as leader.
Exit polls conducted after the May election showed SYRIZA's massive gain is due to support from younger voters under 50, and from the unemployed. Additionally, SYRIZA's gain, along with that of the smaller parties, was primarily due to total disillusionment with the traditional two parties of PASOK and New Democracy.
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