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article imageNew poll shows popularity of Greece's Golden Dawn at 22 percent

By Katerina Nikolas     Sep 19, 2012 in World
Greece's political barometer for September has revealed that 54 percent of Greeks do not trust any political party. The measure of the popularity of political parties has shown a dramatic swing in favour of Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi).
Whilst politicians are held in low regard and more than half of Greek citizens are so disillusioned with the political process that 54 percent no longer trust any political party, there are a few notable changes in the political landscape.
A report in shows that the popularity of the the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn has risen 10 points since May, winning the party a popularity score of 22 percent. Moreover, their share of the vote as evidenced in polls for September, now stands at 13 percent.
According to Ekathimerini the popularity of Golden Dawn's leader Nikos Mihalolioakos has risen eight points since May to 22 percent.
Golden Dawn attribute their rise in popularity to their words and their actions that speak to Greeks: their opposition to the rising tide of illegal immigration: and disillusionment with the main political parties that lied to win votes.
As Golden Dawn become a more visible presence in Greece, politicians from other political parties are considering measures to reign in the authoritarian actions of its members. Athens News reported Interior Minister Nikos Dendias reiterated in parliament that "We will not have stormtroopers in this country." This was in response to supporters of Golden Dawn forming battalions across the country.
The immunity from prosecution of Golden Dawn MPs is also under consideration at the moment with the aim of waiving their immunity.
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