[Marxism] Overwhelming Greek opposition to Grexit?
jgreen at communistvoice.org
Tue Jul 14 10:37:46 MDT 2015
Louiis Proyect wrote:
> The Washington Post article that I referred to recently indicated that
> the polling was done by the University of Macedonia Research Institute
> that "identified respondents through multi-stage stratified sampling".
> What evidence is there that this group is controlled by the oligarchy?
> Do you think they falsified the 5 percent support for a Grexit?
Maybe you need new glasses. The poll did NOT say there was 5% support for
Grexit. It said 5% expectations of Grexit, and about one-third of Syriza
supporters favored Grexit.
The Washington Post article on the poll stated:
"Although the majority of government voters does not want Grexit, the move to
leave the euro zone would still be endorsed by about one-third of the
government´s electorate. Moreover, the bank holiday and capital controls have
already materialized some of the costs associated with Grexit.
"If the Tsipras government additionally manages to convince voters that
Grexit is mainly the euro zone´s fault, the government may be able to survive
such a development. Incidentally, the sizable support for euro exit in the
government´s camp might also provide a rationale for the argument that Grexit
was Tsipras´s preferred outcome from the start."
The 5% figure was about expectations of what the likely outcome would be, not
about what people wanted:
"Only 5 percent believed that a no vote would mean Greece would exit the euro
The question of mass support is more than a question of polling; it is also a
question of what the masses are prepared to work for and sacrifice for, and
what is the state of their mass organizations. It is a question of what their
mood will be in the future, too; how they will react to future developments.
But as long as we are are talking about polls, let's cite them properly.
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