ND widens the lead over PASOK say three new polls

The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party appears to have taken a comfortable lead over the ruling PASOK socialists say three opinion polls that published in separate Sunday papers today. Specifically, ND garnered the support of 21.3 percent of respondents to PASOK’s 15.5 percent, marking a lead of 5.8 percent. Results of the poll were published in the Sunday edition of “Proto Thema”. In terms of smaller opposition parties, the Communist Party picked up 7.4 percent; the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) 5.6 percent and the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) 5 percent. The only party exceeded the 3-percent limit for entering Parliament, according to the survey, is the current out-of-Parliament Ecologists-Green party with 3.5 percent. Moreover, at least 79 percent of the respondents said recent sacrifices entailed by a series of austerity measures have been wasted, while six in 10 respondents is concerned they will lose their jobs.

In another opinion poll featured in the Sunday edition of the Athens daily “Eleftheros Typos”, ND was ahead of PASOK by six percentage points — 21.5 percent to 15.5 percent. KKE is held 9 percent of respondents votes; 5.5 percent for LA.O.S and 5 percent for SYRIZA.

The poll, by the firm Pulse states that neither Prime Minister George Papandreou nor ND leader Antonis Samaras were tallied as being suited to be premier. Nevertheless, Samaras led Papandreou by 24 percent to 15 percent. 
Finally, ND is given a 4.3-percentage point lead over PASOK in a poll unveiled by the weekly “To Paron” — 25.1 to 20.8 percent. KKE picked up 8; the LA.O.S party 5.2; SYRIZA 4.1.
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