January 7, 2015 / 4:29 PM / 3 years ago

Pre-election lead for Greece's Syriza narrowing: polls

Alexis Tsipras (L), opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party, smiles during a meeting with members of the Greens-Ecologists party, at the party's headquarters in Athens January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

ATHENS (Reuters) - The lead held by Greek opposition party Syriza over the ruling conservatives has narrowed, according to three polls conducted after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called a snap parliamentary election for Jan. 25.

An Alco survey to be published in the To Pontiki newspaper on Thursday showed the radical leftist Syriza, which opposes Greece’s international bailout program, would win a 33.8 percent share of the vote if elections were held now, ahead of Samaras’s New Democracy party, which would take 30.5 percent.

That marked a slight drop from a 3.6-point lead Syriza held in the previous Alco survey. Syriza wants to scrap the painful austerity measures agreed by Greece under a 240 billion euro bailout program with its international creditors.

A poll conducted by GPO pollsters for Greek MEGA TV showed Syriza maintaining a 3.2 percentage point lead over the conservatives. Syriza had a 4.9 point lead in a survey conducted by the same polling agency last month.

A third survey conducted by Pulse on Jan. 5-6 showed Syriza’s lead eroding to 3.5 points from 4 points two weeks ago.

A party set up by former prime minister George Papandreou last week -- the Movement of Democratic Socialists -- garnered 2.7 percent in the Alco poll, 2.6 percent in the GPO survey and 2.5 in the poll conducted by Pulse.

The polls were the first to include the new party, which is expected to siphon away votes from the Socialist PASOK that it split from, as well as other leftist parties including Syriza and the centrist To Potami.

There is a three percent threshold for a party to win seats in the Greek parliament.

Greek lawmakers failed to elect a president last week, triggering the dissolution of parliament and the snap election. Syriza has been ahead of the government in opinion polls for months but its lead has shrunk in recent weeks.

Here is a breakdown of recent opinion poll results:

Date Poll Syriza ND Potami GD KKE Pasok IG DL MDS

07/01 *Pulse 30.5 27 6.0 6.0 5.5 6.0 3.0 - 2.5

07/01 GPO 28.5 25.3 5.8 5.4 5.7 5.0 2.7 - 2.6

07/01 *Alco 33.8 30.5 4.5 4.4 4.1 3.9 2.4 - 2.7

04/01 Rass 30.4 27.3 4.7 3.8 4.8 3.5 2.5 - -

30/12 UOM 29.5 25 5.0 6.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 0.5 -

29/12 Marc 28.1 25.1 6.1 5.9 5.4 4.6 3.0 1.0 -

28/12 Alco 30.3 26.7 4.7 5.6 4.5 4.9 3.2 - -

28/12 Kapa 27.2 24.7 5.8 5.5 5.8 6.1 2.5 - -

23/12 Marc 28.3 24.8 5.8 5.7 5.3 4.5 3.3 1.2 -

17/12 Marc 28.5 24.9 5.6 5.8 5.6 4.8 3.0 1.4 -

15/12 GPO 28.0 23.1 5.1 5.0 5.5 5.1 2.7 - -

15/12 MRB 24.3 20.3 5.7 4.5 5.0 5.5 2.8 1.5 -

* Poll result excludes abstaining voters to project how the poll data would translate into an actual vote result.

ND: conservative New Democracy party

Syriza: Radical Left Coalition party

GD: far-right Golden Dawn party

IG: right-wing Independent Greeks party

PASOK: Socialist party

KKE: Communist party

DL: Democratic Left party

MDS: Movement of Democratic Socialists

UOM: University of Macedonia

Compiled by Athens newsroom; Editing by Gareth Jones

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