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20 March, 2000
The personality of Prime Minister Costas Simitis, the almost certain endorsement of Greece's application to join the euro zone and the overall positive state of the country's economy are the ruling PASOK party's main strong points ahead of the April 9 elections, according to the results of the latest opinion poll.
The survey, conducted by the Alco company and carried by the Athens daily Ethnos on Saturday, also points to the lack of improvement in the average Greek's economic situation and a feeling of fatigue from the prolonged presence of the same people in power as PASOK's weakest points.
However, the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party seems unable to capitalize on these weaknesses, the survey suggests. ND leader Costas Karamanlis and the existence of competent cadres are rated as the party's main advantages but not convincing enough that it can govern better. Karamanlis commands a 40.6 percent popularity rating, compared to Simitis' 52.7 percent.
Finally, 55.7 percent of respondents predict PASOK as the winner of the election, with New Democracy trailing with 25 percent.
Source: Athens News Agency