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Greek New Democracy Party Leads in Marc Poll on June Elections

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May 31 (Bloomberg) -- A Greek opinion poll before June 17 elections showed New Democracy, the largest pro-bailout party, leading Syriza, which calls for the cancellation of the country’s bailout terms.

Of 1,128 people surveyed by Marc SA for Athens-based Alpha TV, 26 percent said they’d vote for New Democracy, 24.3 percent for Syriza and 12.5 percent for the Pasok party, which also supports the bailout program.

Stripping out undecided and invalid votes, New Democracy would get 28.8 percent to have 127 lawmakers in the 300-seat parliament. Pasok would secure 37 seats, the poll showed, meaning the two parties could join to form a majority in the chamber. Syriza would get 72 seats, according to the poll.

Eighty-five percent of people polled said they want Greece to stay in the euro area, compared with 11 percent who said it should return to the drachma. When asked if they thought the possibility of Greece leaving the euro area exists, 56 percent said no and 39 percent yes.

The margin of error for the poll, conducted from May 29 and May 31, was between 2.5 percentage points and 2.6 percentage points.

To contact the reporter on this story: Natalie Weeks in Athens at nweeks2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Maria Petrakis at mpetrakis@bloomberg.net

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