Poll shows majority Greeks fear activation of EU-IMF safety net

11:02, April 24, 2010      

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A large majority of Greek citizens that reaches a 91 percent fear that the activation of the EU-IMF safety net the Greek government officially asked on Friday will lead to more austerity measures, according to a poll released on Friday.

Fifty one percent of the 540 people asked fear that the resort to IMF will damage Greece, according to the poll conducted by " Public Issue" for the radio and television channel SKAI. A 27 percent of Greek citizens believe that the move could be proved beneficial for Greece.

Around 47 percent of Greeks expressed confidence that Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou can lead the country out of the crisis, while 52 percent expressed doubt. The 51 percent of people asked considered false the stance leader of the main opposition party Antonis Samaras regarding the crisis.

A wide majority of Greek citizens with 87 percent expressed agony for the state debt. Some 32 percent of people who took part in the survey estimated that Greece will need five to ten years to effectively handle the debt crisis, while 20 percent of Greeks considered that the country will need three to five years. Eighteen percent of people thought that it will take more than two decades and 16 percent of people believed it will take ten to twenty years.

The most optimistic five percent said that one to two years will be needed and the most pessimistic two percent noted that Greece will never solve the problem.

Regarding their expectations for the future, the 96 percent of Greeks forecast further rises in the unemployment levels, and 90 percent thought that poverty will spread, some 71 percent feared social unrest, while 56 percent suggested that more and more Greeks will resort to immigration again.

About 55 percent of people asked suggested government coalitions and 18 percent proposed the exit of Greece from the eurozone.

Source: Xinhua


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