ATHENS — Showing how deep dissatisfaction was with the former ruling Radical Left SYRIZA, there's been a rise in the number of people who think Greece is reversing a long economic crisis, with New Democracy now in power.
Only 5 percent of Greeks in 2016, when SYRIZA was in its second year and reneging on anti-austerity promises, felt the government was putting the country on the path to recovery.
In 2019 – New Democracy ousted SYRIZA in July 7 snap elections that year – the number had risen to 16 percent said the Pew Research Center although it wasn't indicated when the tide had begun to turn.
Its polling data from its Spring 2019 Global Attitudes Survey showed that 82% were dissatisfied while for the hard-hit economy that lost 25 percent of its Gross Domestic Product(GDP) during a near decade-long crisis, 15 percent said it was good in 2019 when the two governments both ruled, a jump from 4 percent in 2018 when SYRIZA ruled.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was accelerating a slow recovery and luring foreign investors scared off by the anti-business leftists but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and brought the economy to a near halt, although it's showing signs of coming back again slowly.