Anti-Bailout Far-Left Party Takes Lead in Greece's Pre-Election Polls

World | May 16, 2012, Wednesday // 20:05|  views

Breakdown of the Parliament seats won by Greek parties in the May 6, 2012, general elections; as no Cabinet was formed, Greeks will go to the polls again on June 17.

Greece's radical leftist SYRIZA party is on the road of becoming the biggest group in the troubled country's next parliament, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday.

A VPRC survey polled Greeks over the May 10-14 period as party leaders struggled to cobble together a coalition following an inconclusive May 6 election. Leaders admitted failure on Tuesday, and Greece is set to return to the ballot on June 17, according to a party source.

SYRIZA, which placed second in the election this month with nearly 17% of the vote, now commands support from 20.3% of voters, the poll showed, while pro-bailout parties continue to suffer.

The conservative New Democracy's support slipped sharply to 14.2% while backing for the Socialist PASOK party dipped to 10.9%, both well below levels seen in a previous poll conducted after the election.

The VPRC poll does not exclude undecided voters, who accounted for 17.3% of those surveyed.

The far-right Golden Dawn party is said to have the support of 2.2% of the voters even though its performance on May 6 was substantially better.

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Tags: greece, Karolos Papoulias, Syriza, far-left, New Democracy, PASOK, golden dawn


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