First Opinion Poll Since Tsipras Quit Shows Syriza in Lead

The first authoritative opinion poll published since Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras resigned last week showed his leftist Syriza party leading the opposition conservatives ahead of September 20 elections, the Efimerida Ton Syntakton newspaper reported on Friday.

The Syriza party was supported by 23 percent of those polled, versus 19.5 percent backing the conservative New Democracy party, according to the poll, which was carried out by ProRata based on a sample of 1,000 interviewees.

Popular Unity, the party formed last week by disaffected Syriza members who oppose the country’s latest 86 billion euro bailout, was backed by 3.5 percent of those polled.

Independent Greeks, the ally in Tsipras’ former coalition government, scored 2 percent, below the 3 percent threshold needed to enter parliament.


Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.