Poll: Greeks Not Convinced With Positive Spin Gov’t Gives on Eurogroup Deal

Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Last Update: 13:12

Despite the government’s efforts to put a positive spin on the Eurogroup agreement and the new austerity measures, Greek citizens are not convinced that the country is on the way to economic recovery, a new survey shows.

The new Prorata survey on behalf of Efimerida ton Syntakton shows that 67 percent of respondents described the June 15 agreement between Greece and creditors as “rather bad or bad.” Even SYRIZA voters showed their displeasure with the new measures, as 55 percent of them found the agreement “rather bad or bad.”

Only 30 percent of respondents said that the deal with creditors was “rather good or good.”

Overall, participants showed that the increase of the tax-free threshold and further pension cuts were far more important to them than Greece completing the second evaluation and getting out of the rescue program. At the same time, they seemed to show their dissatisfaction with the administration by shifting to the main opposition.

New Democracy won 6 points on intention to vote compared to the company’s May survey (from 30 to 36 percentage points), while SYRIZA remained at 20 percent.

The Democratic Coalition (PASOK-DIMAR) won some points since May, going to 14 percent from 11 percent. The same with the Greek Communist Party (KKE) that climbed from 9 percentage points to 13.

To Potami also showed an upward turn (from 7 to 9 percent), while Golden Dawn remained at 9 percent as in May. The Centrists Union followed in voting preference at 8 percent.

Popular Unity won 2 crucial percentage points that would help the party get in parliament (4 percent). The opposite would happen to Independent Greeks (ANEL) if elections were held today, as the junior coalition partner fell to 2 percentage points from 5 in the previous month.

The survey was conducted on June 19 and 20, the week after the June 15 Eurogroup.

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