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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-09-08

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  • [01] Opinion poll on municipal elections

  • [01] Opinion poll on municipal elections

    The latest opinion poll released this week focuses on next year's mayoral races in Greece's three largest municipalities -- Athens, Thessaloniki and Piraeus -- gauging the popularity of the current office-holders and a number of well-known politicians often cited by local media as possible candidates.

    Specifically, 70.5 percent of respondents in the poll said current Athens mayor Dora Bakoyanni is or "probably is" well-suited to serve at the Greek capital's helm. Bakoyanni, a former ND minister and the daughter of ex-prime minister Constantine Mitsotakis, was followed by current Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis, who garnered 59.6 percent of respondents' approval for the specific question. Others included current PASOK deputy and former DIKKI party cadre Yiannis Dimaras (46.7 percent); well-known ATHOC President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki (46.6); Public Order Minister George Voulgarakis (45.3 percent); one-time PASOK minister and secretary Costas Skandalidis (45.3) as well as former EU commissioner, PASOK minister and previous candidate for town hall Christos Papoutsis (41.2 percent).

    As far as the major port city of Piraeus is concerned, current mayor Christos Agrapidis was judged as capable or "probably capable" by 52.4 percent of respondents. Piraeus-area PASOK deputy and one-time basketball star Panayiotis Fassoulas picked up 50.6 percent, followed by ND deputy and noted defence attorney Petros Mantouvalos (47.3); veteran PASOK cadre Manolis Benteniotis (45.8) and leftist politician Theodoros Dritsas (21.4 percent).

    Finally, Thessaloniki respondents gave current mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos a 56.4-percent nod as "capable". He was followed by influential PASOK deputy, former minister and constitutional law expert Evangelos Venizelos (47.0); PASOK deputy Haris Kastanidis (43.7); ND deputy and well-known basketball coach Yiannis Ioannidis (42.3); independent deputy and former PASOK minister Stelios Papathemelis (39.0); PASOK deputy Chryssa Arapoglou (38.2); ND deputy Elena Rapti (34.6) and PASOK deputy and former minister Yiannis Magriotis (33.7 percent), among others.

    The opinion poll, undertaken by the Kapa Research firm, was published by the weekly newspaper "Pontiki". The poll was conducted between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5 on a sample of 2,146 households in Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki.

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