Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Most Greeks want deal with EU/IMF lenders and no referendum(poll)

Greeks want their government to make a deal with international lenders to unlock aid and do not favor early elections or a referendum if talks hit an impasse, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday.

The survey by pollster GPO for Mega TV showed that 75.6 percent believe the government, elected after promising to challenge budget cuts, must strike a deal at any cost with its euro zone partners and the International Monetary Fund to stay in the euro. Only 22.8 percent disagreed.

Cut off from markets, Greece is fast running out of cash to pay salaries, service loans and redeem maturing debt and has only days left to reach a cash-for-reforms deal, euro zone officials said on Wednesday.

The poll showed that 58.3 percent supported the strategy followed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in negotiations with lenders while 39.8 percent disapproved.

But 72.2 percent do not want early elections if talks hit a dead end while 61.9 percent believe that if a deal is clinched it should not be put to a referendum...


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