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New Democracy Still Galloping Away from SYRIZA in Survey

ATHENS – Likely putting the kibosh on his plans for a return to power after being routed in July 7, 2019 snap elections, major opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras' party has fallen 13 points behind the ruling New Democracy government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

That was the result of a Pulse opinion poll for private broadcaster SKAI, said Kathimerini that gave the Conservatives a 36-23 runaway lead with Greece again essentially a two-party system.

That has come after the disintegration of the formerly dominant PASOK Socialists who fell apart from backing austerity measures in a previous coalition with its ideological rival New Democracy.

The other parties in Parliament are politically irrelevant and without any real voice or power to do anything but having seats because Greece requires only a 3 percent threshold to be elected.

In third is the center-left Movement for Change (KINAL) that is made up largely of ex-PASOK types and some fringe politicians without a say. KINAL got 6.5 percent, just ahead of the KKE Communists in their usual spot for decades at 6 percent, followed by the ultra-nationalist Greek Solution with 4.5 percent and ex-finance minister and former SYRIZA stalwart Yanis Varoufakis' MeRA25 at 3.5  percent.

Out of the picture are the right-wing Recreate Greece, and the Greeks for the Fatherland that is led by ex-neo-Nazis, both polling at 1 percent.

Mitsotakis had an insurmountable 42-18 percent lead over Tsipras as best suited to be Prime Minister but 30 percent of respondents didn't like either man for the job.

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