Amid the concentration of all plutocratic forces (media, finances, and government) against Golden Dawn, one of the tricks is to theatrically convince the people the political parties the system does not like are less popular than in reality, certain polling companies have been doing this against Golden Dawn since 2012. It has become obvious that today in Greece, there are two “types” of polls: the ones that are heavily circulated by the mainstream media, and others that are “cut” and made to disappear when the results are not what certain interests want.
Let us examine 4 different polls taken in the last week, 2 of each category, while studying and contrasting how accurate these same companies were in predicting the results of Golden Dawn up to the May 2012 elections.
First let us talk of the poll conducted by the Panas group, which has been one of the most accurate in terms of predicting outcomes in elections. At the height of the media-created Fyssas controversy, the group studied Greek political inclinations. While the information was being kept confidential, the company admitted that Golden Dawn’s rates were withstanding the controversy and the party was holding strong, with Golden Dawn neck and neck in certain regions for second most popular party. When the day came to publish the results of the poll, granting Golden Dawn 15%, no major media outlet covered it. Just to put things into perspective, Panas polls predicted Golden Dawn would win 5.3% of the vote in the May 2012 elections, which fell short of the reality by 1.7%, IE, within reasonable estimated statistical error. In summary, this relatively credible source gives Golden Dawn’s popular support at 15%.
An example of a highly dubious poll, in comparison, would be the VPRC poll which has of course been the most published and circulated by overtly hostile mainstream Greek and international press. This poll showed a massive drop of Golden Dawn’s numbers and an inflation of the systematic SYRIZA and New Democracy, even though the People’s nationalists still retain third place behind them. To demonstrate an important point, the VPRC in May 2012 general elections gave the Golden Dawn 2.2% and insisted that Golden Dawn would not even enter parliament. Ultimately, their prediction was not even close to the reality. Today this same company provides material for yellow press headlines about the “fall” of Golden Dawn, but the history of VPRC brings its “reliability” into question.
Another example akin to VPRC, is the poll by RASS- nicknamed by some Antonis SamaRASS, whose last poll also showed the “drop” of Golden Dawn and was aired far and wide by the mainstream media. The RASS in May 2012, was more generous than the VPRC by giving the Greek nationalist movement 3.8%, guaranteeing that this was the maximum. Now the same company is forecasting with its wishful results about the fall of Golden Dawn.
The final example we will speak of, is of zougla.gr . The current poll shows an obvious trend of increase for the Golden Dawn after the latest political persecutions. This poll reveals that the Greek patriots have 15% of support, versus 11% in an older survey. In May 2012, Zougla.gr was the polling company closest to the Golden Dawn’s actual electoral results, where they predicted an outcome of 6.5% , compared to the 7% Golden Dawn actually achieved. Thus far, this has demonstrated to be the most dependable polling company in terms of predicting real electoral results of the Golden Dawn.
It is clear therefore that the polls of ‘sources’ such as RASS and VPRC, seem to be influenced by those sitting in the offices of power, and do not have much relation to reality or the sentiment of the Greek people. Ultimately, much of the world has ceased to believe the propaganda unleashed by the journalists and the polling companies they selectively choose to reinforce their paid political agenda.