Greeks Top Worries: War with Turkey, COVID-19 Pandemic

October 25, 2020

ATHENS – Replacing 10 years of anguish over a crushing economic and austerity crisis, dread over the re-surging COVID-19 pandemic and fears of a conflict with Turkey now top the list of worries on the minds of Greeks.

That was shown in a survey that nevertheless gave the New Democracy a runaway 18 percent lead over the party it ousted, the now SYRIZA Progressive Alliance which changed its name from the Radical Left after taking a beating.

Some 70 percent of Greeks are anxious about the Coronavirus that is getting worse more than seven months after it started, and warnings it could go on even for another year.

And 73 percent were worried that shooting could start with Turkey which has sent an energy research vessel and warships near the Greek island of Kastellorizo, taunting Greece and the sidelined European Union.

The poll was carried out by the firm Pulse on behalf of SKAI, with Turkey overtaking the deadly pandemic at the top of the list of fears in 2020, a year which can't end fast enough for most people.

Despite all that, New Democracy held an insurmountable 41.5-23.5 percent over SYRIZA even as former premier and leftist leader Alexis Tsipras keeps sniping t the government's handling of everything.

The politically irrelevant center-left Movement for Change (KINAL) was in third place with 7 percent, followed by the Communist party with 6 percent and the far-right Greek Solution with 4.5 percent, none of whom really matter as Greece I now essentially a two-party system for now.


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