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Six in 10 Greeks Want Elections by February, MRB Poll Shows

December 15, 2011

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Six in 10 Greeks say elections should be held by Feb. 19, a date tentatively set during government-formation talks last month, an opinion poll showed.

Of the 2,000 people questioned Dec. 1-8 by MRB, 26.7 percent said elections should be held right away while 34 percent said they should happen by Feb. 19. The poll was published on the website of Proto Thema newspaper today.

Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos’s interim government hasn’t set a date for elections and will adopt more fiscal measures if it’s in the country’s best interest, Minister of State George Stavropoulos told reporters yesterday.

Papademos, appointed on Nov. 11 as head of a government backed by three of the five parliamentary parties, is trying to meet a three-month deadline to secure loans under a 130 billion- euro ($169 billion) bailout for Greece agreed to by European Union leaders on Oct. 26.

More than half of those polled, 55.1 percent, had a negative opinion of the interim government while 60.1 percent said it would fail to meet its goals.

If an election were held now, the Pasok party of former Prime Minister George Papandreou would garner the support of 15.1 percent of likely voters while the New Democracy Party, led by Antonis Samaras, would be the choice of 26 percent. The nationalist Laos party, which is also part of the interim government along with Pasok and New Democracy, was backed by 6.2 percent.

The Communist Party of Greece would receive 11.6 percent of the vote and the Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza, would get 7.4 percent, the poll suggested. Both Syriza and the Communist Party declined to join the interim government. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

--Editors: Andrew Atkinson, Eddie Buckle

To contact the reporter on this story: Tom Stoukas in Athens at astoukas@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Angela Cullen at acullen8@bloomberg.net


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