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Seven in Ten Greeks Want a Debt Deal: Survey

Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 10:42 AM

Seven out of ten Greeks want their leaders to reach an agreement with their creditors as the country's tense debt drama drags on, according to a survey published on Sunday.

Just over 23 percent of Greeks backed splitting from the European Union, while slightly under 72 percent said they supported an agreement with creditors when asked "what would be the best solution for the country", according to a poll in Greek paper To Vima.

Greece has been trying to negotiate a deal that would unlock 7.2 billion euros ($7.8 billion) in remaining EU-International Monetary Fund bailout funds that Greece needs to avoid default and a possible exit from the euro.

But while Greeks oppose the deep cuts they have endured under austerity, nearly 73 percent said they wanted to keep the euro.

Just over 20 percent told pollsters they would like to return to their old currency the drachma, according to the survey of 1,007 people carried out from April 21-22.

Greeks seem to be less supportive of their leaders confrontational stance in negotiating with their creditors, with five out of ten approving of the strategy that has seen tempers flare and accusations fly.

But their disapproval of the stance has fallen less on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who has held onto a just over 61-percent approval rating.

However, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who has headed up the stormy negotiations, has the approval of just over 51 percent of his countrymen.

 

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