Greeks Trust Government, Pessimistic over Future

Greeks Trust Government, Pessimistic over Future

Greeks largely trust their government despite a painful new austerity deal, but remain heavily pessimistic about the future, according to polls published in two newspapers on Saturday.

A survey published in the Typos tis Kyriakis daily revealed that 45 percent trust the country’s current coalition government to deal with the economic crisis, compared to around 24 percent who would prefer the main opposition Syriza party to take the reins.

The same poll, conducted by the Rass company, showed that 63 percent believe Greece must remain in the eurozone at all costs, compared to 36 percent who do not.

Despite protests against the latest austerity package’s tough cuts and reforms, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras won a surprising 48 percent of backing, compared to 47 percent of negative reviews.

But Greeks remain mostly pessimistic about the future, according to another poll carried out by the Marc company on behalf of the Ethnos daily.

More than 64 percent of those surveyed believe the country’s situation will worsen in 2013, while only 20 percent believe things will improve.

Sixty-seven percent also doubted that the government’s reforms would lead to economic growth.

European leaders decided last week to unblock a total of 49.1 billion euros ($64.7 billion) from the country’s outstanding financial assistance package by early next year in return for a new austerity deal in Athens.

The austerity package has caused the three-party coalition government to lose a considerable portion of its parliamentary majority.