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Surveys: Greece's socialists still have support

Surveys: Greece's socialists still have support

Greece's governing socialists are more popular than their conservative opponents, despite the unprecedented austerity program being enforced by the government to deal with the country's financial crisis, two surveys indicated Saturday.
The weekly newspaper Real News said 31.9 percent of respondents said they would vote today for the governing Panhellenic Socialist Movement, compared with 21.2 percent for the center-right New Democracy, which governed Greece for 5 1/2 years before losing an election in October.
The other survey, published in the weekly Proto Thema, indicated that the socialists were ahead 32.1 percent to 22.1 percent.
However, both surveys said many respondents either had no preference or refused to answer the question.
Prime Minister George Papandreou approval rating was 50.8 percent in the Real News survey.
Greece has been gripped by a financial crisis since late last year, when the newly elected Socialist government drastically revised its projected budget deficit for 2009 to 12.7 percent from previous estimates earlier that year of below 4 percent.
The government has announced a series of harsh austerity measures to bring its debt under control, including cutting civil servants' pay, hiking taxes and freezing pensions.
But the loss of market confidence has left the country facing high borrowing costs that are about twice those of Germany's.
The March 26-29 Real News survey and the March 30-April 1 Proto Thema one both questioned about 1,000 people, with margins of error of about plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.


Updated : 2021-06-19 21:29 GMT+08:00