Most Greeks Want Government to Boost Economic Growth, Poll Shows

Most Greeks say the main priority of Greece’s new coalition government lead by Antonis Samaras should be to boost the economy, a poll by Kapa Research SA showed.

Of 1,003 people surveyed between July 11 and July 12, 57 percent said the most important target of the government should be economic development, according to the poll for the Sunday edition of To Vima newspaper, pre-published today.

Samaras, the leader of the New Democracy party, formed a coalition government with the socialist Pasok party and Democratic Left after an election on June 17. The vote followed an inconclusive May 6 election that underlined concern Greece might have to abandon the euro.

Some 41 percent of those questioned said reducing unemployment must be the first goal of the new administration compared with 35 percent who said the main priority should be to renegotiate Greece’s international loan agreement and 35 percent who said they believe keeping Greece in the euro area should be the first priority, according to the poll.

Almost all of those surveyed, or 97 percent, said there should be no further wages cuts and no more tax increases, while 68 percent favored state asset sales as a way to avoid further austerity measures, the poll showed.

The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at jcolten@bloomberg.net

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