87% of Greeks Unhappy With Current Government
87% of Greeks Unhappy With Current Government © REUTERS/ Alkis Konstantinidis
01:17 27.02.2016(updated 02:14 27.02.2016) Get short URL
Greece’s ruling Syriza party is losing support with 87 percent of the Greeks being unsatisfied with the current government policy, a new poll revealed.
ATHENS (Sputnik) – The survey, conducted by the University of Macedonia for Skai TV on February 22-24, also showed that 74 percent of Syriza’s electoral base is not happy with the Greek government performance.
Syriza’s policy is supported only by 6.5 percent of the 1,205 participants in the poll and only 18.5 percent gave positive assessment of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
If early elections were to be held right now, Syriza would garner only 17.5 percent of the votes, while Greece’s main opposition party, the conservative New Democracy, would get 24 percent of the votes.
According to the poll, over 18 percent of Greeks do not want to take part in elections in the country. Another 24 percent are unsure whether they will go to the polls next time.
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Over 80 percent of the poll respondents to not believe that Syriza would be able to pull Greece out of its agreements with the creditors.
The Greek economy has been severely strained for several years, because of the country’s multibillion debt accumulated after the 2008 world economic crisis.
Greece received about $270 billion from its main lenders, which include the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and eurozone countries, under two bailout programs, the last of which expired on June 30, 2015.
The aid came in exchange for reforms, such as tax hikes and pension cuts that the left-wing Syriza party, led by Tsipras, promised to revise after securing victory in the January parliamentary elections.
Tsipras first rejected the terms proposed by the lenders on the third bailout, later backing down and agreeing last summer to introduce additional austerity reforms in exchange for 86 billion euros (95 billion dollars).