Nationwide Survey on Political Developments in Greece
Survey and Analysis of Results
April 2, 2016
Analysis by John D. Papadopoulos and Mario Schmidt
The efforts of the Greek government on the refugee issue have been endorsed by the majority of the respondents, a stance that correlates with the perception -by 51%- that lack of EU cooperation is the most important problem in the handling of this huge issue. At the same time, the Brussels attacks does not increase concerns and fears over a possible attack in Greece whereas the outright majority is not optimistic on a ceasefire in Syria during the current semester - i.e. a fact that lowers prospects for de-escalation of refugee flows towards Greece and Europe.
On the bailout front, the majority believes that the conclusion of the first review will be coupled with additional measures, but at the same time it is clear that the majority believes that the government could afterwards deal with crucial issues of domestic economy, like unemployment, poverty, investments and growth. With respect to debt talks, almost 50% believes that discussions will start after the conclusion of the review, but another 34% sees no such prospect.
With respect to the corruption scandals, the intention of the government to deal with all major cases is endorsed by 54%, whereas 74% believes that the relevant Ministries and authorities should speed up efforts to deal with it. Disappointingly enough, almost 60% does not believe opposition parties will assist the government in this field.
On voting intention, Syriza is securing a clear advantage, but still approximately 27% of respondents are undecided. The Communist Party and Golden Dawn are slightly increasing their appeal, whereas To Potami and the Union of Centrists are losing forces. Front opposition New Democracy gains a small margin comparing to our latest poll (January 2016), PASOK - Democratic Alliance remain steady. Similarly goes with Independent Greeks, that secure their place in the Parliament.