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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-06-08

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Poll: ND maintains lead; Greek-Turkish relations deteriorate

  • [01] Poll: ND maintains lead; Greek-Turkish relations deteriorate

    The ruling New Democracy party (ND) was leading over main opposition PASOK party by 3 percentage points with respect to ?votersā intent? (the party the respondents would vote for if general elections were held tomorrow) while voters see a deterioration in the Greek-Turkish relations, according to the monthly VPRC barometer-opinion poll aired by the Athens-based SKAI radio and television.

    Specifically, 42 percent of the respondents believe that Greek-Turkish relations are stagnant, 48 percent think that they have deteriorated and just 6 percent replied that they have improved. Seven out of ten (68 percent) regard the Aegean as the most important problem in the Greek-Turkish relations followed by the Cyprus issue (11 percent) and the Moslem minority in Thrace (7 percent).

    Also, six out of ten (58 percent) do not have confidence in the International Court of Justice at The Hague for the resolution of the Greek-Turkish differences, while 24 percent regard a war conflict with Turkey as likely, as opposed to 72 percent who see such a possibility as unlikely.

    Current Prime Minister and ND leader Costas Karamanlis is regarded as most suitable for prime minister by 49 percent of the respondents followed by PASOK leader George Papandreou with 27 percent.

    In terms of votersā intent, ND is leading with 41.5 percent followed by PASOK with 38.5 percent, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) 8.5 percent, the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Progress (SYN) and the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party with 4.5 percent respectively.

    Also, to a question on which party they believed would win general elections if they were held now -- regardless of their own political affiliation or party preference -- an overwhelming majority of 56 percent opined that ND would win the elections, compared with 23 percent who believed that PASOK would emerge the winner.


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