Greece: Latest polls give clear lead to New Democracy

Posted Jan 11, 2013 by Katerina Nikolas
The latest political poll issued in January puts New Democracy in the lead, shifting positions with the coalition of the extreme left, SYRIZA, which falls into second place. Golden Dawn remains consistent in third place.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras of Greece
Ekathimerini reported January's Public Issue poll shows a swing in favour of New Democracy from SYRIZA, reflecting the figures which show more Greeks believe the country will escape default.
The parties percentages were recorded as: New Democracy 29, SYRIZA 28.5, Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) 10, PASOK 8, Independent Greeks 8, Democratic Left 7, and KKE (Communists) 5.5.
PASOK, the party which previously primarily dominated Greek politics, is now reduced to just 24 MPs, just six more than Golden Dawn.
Earlier this month each political party received disbursements of funds based on their electoral percentage in 2009. The total disbursement of €7.72 million gave the now decimated PASOK the largest share of the cash based on 2009 popularity. PASOK received €3.1 million, New Democracy 2.43 million, KKE €746,737, SYRIZA €556,005, and the Popular Orthodox Rally, which currently has no parliamentary representation €622,748.
Golden Dawn, Democratic Left and the Independent Greeks received no tax payer funding as the disbursements were agreed prior to their election to parliament in June 2012.
Referring to the latest political poll Golden Dawn described it as "an obvious propaganda poll" to show the world that Greeks are prepared to accept the Memorandum that exchanges bail out loans for austerity. The party also states that the rise in PASOK's figures from the previous 5.5 percent are an obvious attempt to disguise the real figures which Golden Dawn polls.