Greek PM popular despite austerity - poll

2011-12-31 19:18

Athens - Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos remains popular despite austerity policies implemented by his coalition government to stave off bankruptcy, a poll showed on Saturday.

About 66% of respondents have a positive or rather positive view of Papademos, while 25%t have a negative view, according to the poll by the Kapa Research institute for To Vima newspaper. The remaining 9% did not know or did not respond.

The poll conducted on a sample of 1 004 people also showed that 77% of Greeks want the coalition government to do all it takes to ensure the country stays in the euro zone.

According to the poll conducted on December 28-29, the conservative New Democracy (ND) party would win a general election if it were held today.

But with 21.4% of the vote, the party would fail to secure an absolute majority in the 300-seat parliament.