By Antonis Anzoletou

The pre-election period has ended and no substantial changes compared to the percentages of May 21 were observed based on the surveys. This “fund” is made by the biggest political forces and this was reflected in yesterday’s PULSE poll on behalf of SKAI. The difference between New Democracy and SYRIZA remained high, at 19.5 points, demonstrating that there is no scope for reversals. Based on the data recorded in the last 30 days, the political interest on Sunday night will concern:

– The final percentage of victory of New Democracy. If it will be over 40% in order to receive the full bonus of 50 seats.

– The parties that will enter the Parliament, as it will determine the majority of the first party.

– The difference between SYRIZA and PASOK with Harilaou Trikoupi wishing to threaten the hegemony of Koumoundourou in the space of the center-left.

– The MPs who will get the ticket for the Parliament and those who will lose the seat they won on May 21.

– Potentially, the PULSE poll, as well as other measurements, do not rule out the formation of even a nine-party Parliament. It is possible that tomorrow’s “thriller” will concern the numbers of the Hellenic Solution, NIKI, Plefsis Eleftherias, MeRA25 and the Spartans party. Since the post-colonial transition, the most forces that have passed the 3% threshold and won the ticket for the Plenary Assembly were eight, in September 2015. As the most likely scenario, however, the “pollsters” consider the seven-party Parliament.

In any case, both New Democracy and SYRIZA have their sights set on abstention. Complacency about the secured first place is the “enemy” for the blue faction. Correspondingly, for the official opposition, the dissatisfaction of its voters for the previous overwhelming defeat is a major concern. The survey made public by SKAI showed, however, that 83% of the respondents say “definitely yes” and an additional 11% “probably yes” that they will be at the polling booths. It is recalled that participation in May reached 61.1%, more than three points higher than in 2019.

In the previous pre-election period, the political debate revolved largely around the period of SYRIZA government in 2015, due to Yanis Varoufakis’s reports on the currency. In the one that has just been completed, there was more of a programmatic discussion and a lot of emphasis was placed on the health sector. National issues with the shipwreck in Pylos and the allegations of interference by the Turkish consulate in the national elections were also very much in the frame. Immigrants, as well as the Muslim minority in Thrace, are issues that touch different audiences. This fact combined with the change in the electoral system may cause new stimuli to the voters that have not been accurately reflected in the polls so far.