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Poll finds Greeks split on keeping the euro

Poll finds Greeks split on whether nation should stay in eurozone

Poll finds Greeks split on keeping the euro

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):

9:49 a.m.

An opinion poll published Friday shows Greeks almost evenly split over this weekend's crucial referendum, with 41.5 percent saying they will vote "yes" and 40.2 percent saying they will vote "no," and 10.9 percent undecided. The rest said they would abstain or leave their ballots blank. The difference between the "yes" and "no" votes is well within the margin of error, leaving any outcome possible.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the referendum last weekend, asking Greeks to decide whether they should accept creditor reform proposals in return for vitally needed bailout funds. He is advocating a "no" vote.

But those proposals are no longer on the table after negotiations with European creditors broke down last weekend, and Greece's bailout expired on Tuesday, meaning the country no longer has access to the rescue loans.

The "yes" campaign says the referendum is in fact a vote on whether Greece wants to remain in the euro and in Europe. The government rejects this as scaremongering, saying a "no" vote will put it in a better bargaining position.

The poll, conducted by ALCO for To Ethnos newspaper, interviewed 1,000 people nationwide on June 30-July 1 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

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8:37 a.m.

Germans are divided on whether Greece should stay in the eurozone.

An opinion poll conducted for public broadcaster ARD found that 45 percent of Germans say Greece should keep the common currency. An equal number say Greece should leave the eurozone.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents say they are concerned about the impact that a possible bankruptcy of Greece might have on the country's population. Some 31 percent say they are worried about the cohesion of the European Union, while 24 percent are concerned about the consequences that such a possibility might have for the German economy.

The telephone poll of 1,001 adults, published Friday, was conducted from June 29-30. It had a margin of error of up to 3.1 percent.


Updated : 2021-09-27 19:23 GMT+08:00