New Democracy Closes On SYRIZA

ATHENS – It wasn’t much, but Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy Conservatives gained slightly in polls against the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) in a poll.

A new opinion poll by Kapa Research for To Vima showed that the gap between SYRIZA and New Democracy is closing with the Leftists at 25.5 percent compared to 22.7 percent for New Democracy.

This means that the difference between the two parties has narrowed from 3.6 percent to 2.8 percent over the last month. The poll also shows Samaras’ coalition partner the PASOK Socialists in third at 6.7 percent, their highest standing in some time, and that the majority of Greeks would prefer snap elections to be avoided.

Some 57.8 percent of voters would like the current Parliament to elect a new President of the country so that early national elections won’t be held. If SYRIZA succeeds in blocking Samaras’ candidacy of New Democracy Vice-President Stavros Dimas for President, the Parliament would be dissolved and national elections held early next year.