Socialists in Greece widen lead before election: Polls

Plagued by scandals and the global economic downturn, Greece's PM Karamanlis called early elections last week.

Socialists in Greece widen lead before election: Polls

Greece's opposition socialists have widened their lead over the outgoing conservative government before a snap election on Oct. 4, opinion polls showed on Sunday.

Plagued by scandals and the global economic downturn, Greece's Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis called early elections last week.

But two opinion polls conducted after the announcement showed socialists leading by more than 6 percentage points.

A survey conducted by Kapa Research on behalf of Vima newspaper indicated that 30.8 percent of those polled intended to vote for the PASOK socialists, compared to 24.1 percent for New Democracy, bringing the difference between the two parties to 6.7 percentage points.

In a poll by ALCO polling agency, published in Sunday Proto Thema newspaper, the socialists had a 6.3 percentage point lead over the conservatives, from 6 percentage points in the previous survey by the same pollster.

The share of undecided voters was substantial, ranging between 11.7 and 26.1 percent in the polls, which were conducted nationwide on a sample of about 1,000 people.

The conservative government that swept to power in 2004 and was narrowly re-elected in 2007 has seen its public support hurt by the economic slowdown, scandals, Greece's worst riots in decades in December and forest fires near Athens last month.

Here is a table with the latest polls data:

DATE POLLSTER NEW DEMOCRACY PASOK KKE SYRIZA LAOS Sept 4 Kapa Research 24.1 30.8 7.1 3 4.3 Sept 4 ALCO 27.9 34.2 7.1 3.2 5.0 Sept 2 MARC 27.9 34.4 7.5 3.1 5.5 Aug 27 MARC 27.5 33.7 7.8 3.2 5.7 Aug 28 ALCO 25.7 31.7 7.5 3.5 5.3 * All parties are in parliament.



Reuters

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