Fri Mar 16th, 2012 at 11:06:34 AM EST
So as Greek society collapses economically, in an unprecedented depression. The scene is supposedly set (barring an order to the contrary by our troikan overlords) for elections... If they are announced, as promised, they will occur either on 29/4 or 6/5 and seem to be a turning event in the country's history:
Public Issue: Final Estimate:
- ND (conservatives, now staunchly pro-troika, a month ago anti-memorandum) - 25% (-3% from 15 days ago, -7,5% from its historical low result in the 2009 elections)
- PASOK - (The party of George Papandreou which will confirm its new leader and current Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, "Socialist" presumably) - 11% (steady from previous PI poll, 15 days ago, -33% from the 2009 elections)
- KKE (Sovietophile communist party of Greece, very strong among manual laborers) - 11,5% (Up 0,5% from previous PI poll, up 4% from 2009 result)
- SYRIZA (European Left Party, a coalition of parties raging from Eurocommunist to former maoists and now many from PASOK's left flank) - 12% (steady, up 7,5% from 2009 election)
- LAOS (Far right, nationalist, anti-immigrant party, wavering between pro- and anti- troika positions) 4% (steady, down - 3,5% from 2009 elections)
- DemAr(Democratic Left, a right-splinter from SYRIZA, soft anti-troika, collaborates with recent political refugees from PASOK) 15,5% (down -0,5% from recent)
- Anexartiti Ellines (Independent Greeks - Populist Right, anti-troika, for national independence, split a few weeks ago from ND after its acceptance of the new memorandum, not fascist) 6,5%
- Greens (Green Party, anti-troika, more on the French Greens line than the German), 3,5% (down, -0,5 from recent, up 1% from 2009)
- Chryssi Avgi (Golden Dawn, Nazi Party, National Socialist, with plenty of violent activity, IMHO the para-state incarnate, very fiercely anti-immigrant, rules part of down-town Athens where they play the role of police "protecting" locals from dark-skinned immigrants) 3% (down -0,5% from recent, up 2,7% from 2009 - this is the lowest such estimate recently, it has polled elsewhere up to 5%)
- Dimokratiki Symmakhia (Democratic Allience - Neolib splinter from ND party, staunchly pro-troika from the beggining) 2% (steady)
- ANTARSYA (Left of SYRIZA, anticapitalists) 1% (steady, up0,6% from 2009)
The new (formed 5 days ago) splinter party that left PASOK, under former Economy Minister Louka Katseli, was not included in the poll, it has what remains of more or less reluctant collaborators with the troika, including the little that is left from its union base -
250 seats are divided between parties that manage to pass the 3% limit. 50 are given as a bonus to the first party.
When and if elections are announced, however, we will see where the trends will be heading...
In the meantime the Greek Independence day is coming (March 25) and the ruling political elites are scared solid about what might happen, after the latest parade-day became a massive protest against austerity. The usually boring parade will be full with undercover anti-terrorist cops and riot police, apparently, so that no one has the gall to insult our great leaders and our national holiday with the throw of an egg, or something...
Having said that a new poll by the Panteion University of Social Science in Athens, shows that 1 in 3 Greeks applaud (not just tolerate) egg and yogurt throwing against politicians, one in four support physical violence against politicians, and a staggering one in eight declare themselves willing to clash with the police...