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Survey Shows New Democracy Crushing Opponents, Inflation Worry

February 23, 2024

ATHENS – It seems nothing can stop the New Democracy juggernaut of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, whose party continues to steamroll over increasingly fractured rivals caught up in infighting.

A poll by research firm Metron Analysis gave the ruling Conservatives a 21.6 percent lead over the PASOK-KINAL Socialists who have overtaken the major opposition and fast-sliding SYRIZA.

New Democracy had 36.5 percent support, compared to 14.9 percent for PASOK and only 13 percent for SYRIZA, whose new leader Stefanos Kasselakis is facing a rebellion over his oft-criticized leadership style and falling in polls.

Fourth was the KKE Communists at 8.7 percent, showing increased support while the ultra-nationalist Greek Solution also rose to 8 percent, followed by the religious Niki at 4.9 percent, left-wing Course of Freedom with 4 percent.

No other parties reached the 3 percent threshold needed to get into Parliament in elections, a low benchmark that often sees a half dozen parties in the body, those other than the rulers politically irrelevant.

Media freedom groups had criticized the government and consumers are unhappy over high prices in supermarkets with the poll also showing they are most worried about inflation and not other issues.

The only bad news for Mitsotakis was that 72 percent of respondents felt his government was not doing enough to hold down soaring costs of food and 73 percent his law-and-order party is failing to deal with crime.

Some 60 percent approved of the same-sex marriage bill that was just passed but at the same time 66 percent said thos couples should not have the right to adopt children, and the prohibited using surrogate mothers.

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