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Greek Poll Shows Anti-Bailout Syriza Ahead in Voter Preference

Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Greece’s anti-bailout Syriza party, the runner-up in June’s elections, would win if a vote were held today, a VPRC poll for Greece Tomorrow newspaper showed.

Syriza had 30 percent support in the survey, compared with 28 percent for New Democracy, the largest party in the coalition government led by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, according to an e-mailed preview of the poll to be published in tomorrow’s edition of the newspaper. Socialist Pasok and Democratic Left, the other two parties in the coalition, had 7.5 percent and 4 percent support respectively.

The nationalist Golden Dawn party, which was elected to parliament for the first time in the last election, would garner 12 percent support, making it the third-largest party in parliament, rising from fifth place in the assembly’s current make-up.

The number of Greeks who believe the country is heading in the wrong direction rose to 76 percent from 64 percent in a previous poll in July. The survey found 86 percent of respondents said they are dissatisfied with the performance of the coalition government, while 12 percent said they are satisfied.

In Greece’s second national election in six weeks, held on June 17, New Democracy won 29.7 percent of the vote, Syriza 26.9 percent, Pasok 12.3 percent, Democratic Left 6.3 percent and Golden Dawn 6.9 percent.

The poll of 1,000 people, conducted on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5, had a margin of error of 3.15 percentage points.

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