Samaras may be out of time

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The conservative newspaper Kathimerini doubts the ability of the New Democracy party to reign in the lead of SYRIZA by the election date.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ effort to overhaul opposition SYRIZA party’s lead before elections in less than three weeks is running out of steam, polls show.

SYRIZA is on course to get 31.6 percent of votes in the Jan. 25 ballot, compared with 28.6 percent for the premier’s New Democracy, according to a survey by Alco, an Athens-based polling company, for To Pontiki newspaper on Thursday. That represents a narrowing of SYRIZA’s lead from 3.3 percentage points in the last survey, published Dec. 27, and both parties have gained at the expense of smaller rivals, with third-placed Potami now at 4.2 percent.

SYRIZA’s lead over New Democracy “has narrowed slightly,” Costas Panagopoulos, Alco’s CEO, said in a phone interview. “But it’s a solid lead which won’t be overturned easily.”

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