Survey for Leftist Paper Shows New Democracy Lead Halved

FILE - New Democracy party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, leaves after finishing his speech as he walks in front of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, during a parliamentary session in Athens, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

ATHENS – With elections coming this year some point, the major rival New Democracy continues to lead every poll but one taken for a newspaper sympathetic with the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA showed the gap was less than half other independent surveys.

A survey published on Feb. 10 by the left-leaning Efimerida ton Syntakton claimed the difference was 5.5 percent, according to the firm Prorata, four days after  a poll published by To Vima newspaper gave New Democracy a 12.1 percent edge,

The Prorata survey said New Democracy was leading 30-24.5 percent while the other,  by Metron Analysis, put it at 37.2-25.1 percent as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is saying he will finish his term up to elections in October but speculation it could be held sooner in snap polls with the government trying to stop its slide after reneging on anti-austerity promises.

In the Prorata survey, the ultra-extreme right Golden Dawn, accused of using neo-Nazi techniques and with its 15 lawmakers in the fourth year of a trial on charges of running a criminal gang, was third with 7 percent.

Fourth at 6 percent was the politically irrelevant Movement for Change (KINAL,) which is led by former officials of the now-defunct but once-dominant PASOK Socialists who went bust after violating their alleged principles to back austerity measures while serving New Democracy in a previous coalition.

The KKE Communists were fifth but no other party was above the 3 percent threshold needed to enter Parliament, including current members To Potami, the Union of Centrists and SYRIZA’s former coalition partners, the tiny, pro-austerity, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL).