Poll shows Greece's government 24 points behind opposition

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Posted: Nov 01, 2016 3:22 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A new poll shows Greece's governing Syriza party trailing the main opposition Conservatives by a massive 24 percentage points.

But Greeks appear deeply disillusioned with both major parties, which have overseen deep income cuts and tax hikes demanded by Greece's bailout creditors in recent years.

The Public Issue poll published Tuesday found 42 percent would vote for conservative New Democracy, and 18 percent for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left-wing Syriza. The Socialists and the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn tied in third place at 8 percent each.

Some 91 percent said they were unhappy with the government, and 79 percent with the opposition.

It is Syriza's worst showing since Tsipras won his second term in 2015.

The Oct. 20-27 nationwide phone poll of 1,004 people gave a maximum 3.5 percent margin of error.