Greek Opinion Poll Indicates Majority Supports Bailout Plan

A majority of Greeks want their country to stick to its current economic financial aid plan and to remain in the euro area, an opinion poll indicated.

Almost 54 percent of 1,002 people surveyed by Rass SA for the newspaper Eleftheros Typos said Greece should continue to implement measures agreed on with the the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and the European Central Bank, against 38 percent who would reject the program even if this meant immediate bankruptcy, according to the poll, which was published today.

The survey indicated that Syriza, an anti-bailout party, would emerge as the winner if fresh elections were held now, though short of an outright majority, with support rising to 20.5 percent from the 16.8 percent it won in the May 6 elections.

The pro-bailout conservative New Democracy party would win 19.4 percent of the vote, up from 18.9 percent, while socialist Pasok, which also supports the agreement with the so-called troika, would see its percentage fall to 11.8 percent from 13.2 percent, according to the poll.

Coalition Favored

Two thirds of those surveyed, or 66.1 percent, said they want Greece’s political parties to form a coalition government, the remaining third preferring new elections. More than eight in 10, or 81.4 percent, said they want Greece to stay in the euro area.

More than a third, 39 percent, said Alexis Tsipras, the leader of Syriza, which rejected yesterday a call to join a coalition government, bears most responsibility for the political deadlock since the May 6 elections, which has prevented a unity administration from being formed.

Almost as many, 37.1 percent, said Tsipras’s stance during talks last week to try to form a multiparty government was the worst of any leader of the seven parties elected to the Greek parliament in the May 6 vote and 58.7 percent said his policies would lead Greece out of the euro area.

Tsipras won’t attend a meeting President Karolos Papoulias called at 7.30 p.m. Athens time today to attempt again to form a coalition government.

Of those surveyed, 43.6 percent said the interests of Greece would be best served by a coalition of center-left parties compared with 33.8 percent who favored center-right political forces

The poll was conducted on May 10 and May 11. No margin of error was given.

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