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Most Greeks Say Re-Negotiating Bailout Is Possible, Poll Shows

June 08, 2012

More than half of Greeks, or 54 percent, said the next government will be able to re-negotiate the terms of the country’s bailout agreement, a poll showed.

About 58 percent of interviewees expect that Greece will need more than four years of harsh austerity measures, according to a survey of 1,028 Greeks by the Hellenic Polling Company for the Friday-13 newspaper published today.

The next government in Greece, which will hold a general election on June 17, has three main priorities: combating recession with measures to boost growth, cutting unemployment and ensuring the provision of health services, according to the poll results.

Greece’s economy shrank 6.5 percent in the first quarter this year compared with the same period a year earlier, the Hellenic Statistical Authority said today. The Greek economy will contract 5.3 percent in 2012, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said May 22. Unemployment in Greece stood at 21.9 percent in March.

Almost one in two Greeks, or 48 percent, said the best way to combat crime in Greece is to improve policing while 45 percent said the best way to deal with immigration is to expel all illegal immigrants, the poll showed.

The poll was conducted on June 5 and June 6 and had a margin of error of 2.8 percent.

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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