ATHENS – Greece’s ruling New Democracy is 15 points ahead of its major rival SYRIZA in a nationwide survey that saw both parties taking a beating over their responses to growing sex scandals in the arts, media and sports communities.
The poll by Pulse on behalf of SKAI TV gave the Conservatives a big 38-23 percent lead, showing SYRIZA hasn’t been able to make inroads while blasting the government for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic or the scandals.
The politically irrelevant center-left Movement for Change (KINAL) that’s led by veterans of the formerly power and now-defunct PASOK Socialists were far behind in third with only 7.5 percent.
Next came the KKE Communists in their usual position with 6 percent, a number virtually unchanged for decades, and then the ultra-nationalist Greek Solution with 4.5 percent and MeRA25 at 3 percent, the threshold needed to get into Parliament.
Voters also gave low marks to the top two parties about sex scandals, with 51 percent saying the government isn’t reacting well, but 59 percent for SYRIZA.
The charges of sexual abuse, harassment and even rapes has generated Greece’s version of the #MeToo movement that primarily features women’s complaints against men in powerful positions.
But there was a giant shift in people’s attitudes about getting the COVID-19 vaccines after more than half originally were reluctant, fearing they weren’t safe or effective but 80 percent now favoring the shot, up from 74 percent in a Jan. 25-27 survey.