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New Democracy Leads in Marc Opinion Poll on June 17 Greek Vote

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May 26 (Bloomberg) -- A Greek opinion poll before the country’s June 17 elections showed the conservative New Democracy party, the largest pro-bailout group, leading Syriza, which opposes implementing an international rescue program.

Of 1,075 people surveyed by Marc SA for the Athens-based Ethnos newspaper, 27.7 percent said they’d vote for New Democracy, 25.5 percent for Syriza and 15.2 percent for the socialist Pasok party which also supports the bailout program.

The result would give New Democracy 125 seats, Syriza 69 and Pasok 41 in Greece’s 300-seat Parliament. The figures strip out people who intend not to vote or to spoil their ballot papers.

Greece’s retention of the euro was supported by 82.4 percent of those interviewed, compared with 12 percent who wanted a return of the drachma. Some 54.4 percent didn’t expect a Greek exit from the single currency area, while 39.5 percent said they did. Greece should re-discuss the terms of its international bailout, 64.8 percent of respondents said.

Antonis Samaras, leader of New Democracy, was the choice of 46.2 percent of those polled to govern Greece, compared with 38.4 percent who preferred Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras as prime minister. The poll was conducted May 22 to May 24. The overall margin of error wasn’t given.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Tugwell in Athens at ptugwell1@bloomberg.net

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

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