Sniping SYRIZA Chips Away Slowly at New Democracy’s Lead

September 23, 2021

ATHENS – The ruling New Democracy is still holding a double-digit lead over the major opposition SYRIZA – which the Conservatives unseated in July 7, 2019 snap elections – but it's being slowly eroded.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' party had a 10.5 percent lead in voting intentions over the Leftists, who've rebranded themselves from Radical to Progressive, and constantly badgering him over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, a summer of wildfires and the economy.

That was in a survey by the company Pulse RC for SKAI TV and radio which gave New Democracy an edge of 34.5-24 percent as Mitsotakis has tried to rebuild confidence in his government with promises of an economic comeback.

In third is the politically irrelevant center-left Movement for Change with only 6.5 percent, followed by the KKE Communists in their usual spot at 6 percent, the nationalist Greek Solution at 4.5 percent and MeRA25 of former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on 3 percent, the threshold needed to get into Parliament in elections.

Greeks for the Fatherland, established by former members of neo-Nazi Golden Dawn whose leaders are in jail after being convicted of running a criminal gang, got just 1.5 percent, said Kathimerini.


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