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Greece’s New Democracy Retains Lead Over Syriza in Kapa Poll

New Democracy, Greece’s largest pro-bailout party, retained its lead over Syriza, which is opposed to implementing Greece’s international rescue program, according to a poll of their support in the June 17 elections.

Of 1,012 people questioned by Kapa Research SA for the Athens-based Ta Nea newspaper, 26.1 percent said they would vote for New Democracy, 23.6 percent for Syriza and 9.9 percent for the socialist Pasok party, which also backs the bailout.

The results showed New Democracy improving its support to 26.1 percent from 25.8 percent in the last poll done by the company, on May 23 and May 24, following inconclusive May 6 elections. Syriza’s support rose from the 20.1 percent it scored in that poll.

Pasok lost voters, with support falling from the 13 percent it had in the previous poll. On the basis of the figures, a coalition between New Democracy and Pasok could gain a slim majority in Parliament. No party has enough support to govern alone.

Almost seven in 10 people, or 69.5 percent, said they wanted the country to remain in the euro area, even if that meant implementing the austerity measures agreed on in return for the international bailout, the poll showed. Some 19.6 percent said the country should abandon the euro if required to implement the measures, a drop from the 24.4 percent who backed that statement in the previous poll.

Kapa’s poll was conducted May 29 to May 31. The overall margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

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