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Seven in ten Greeks want a debt deal

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Athens [AFP]

Seven out of ten Greeks want their leaders to reach an agreement with their creditors as the country’s tense debt drama drags on, according to a new survey.

Just more than 23 per cent of Greeks backed splitting from the European Union, while slightly under 72 per cent said they supported an agreement with creditors when asked ‘what would be the best solution for the country’, according to a poll in Greek paper To Vima on Sunday.

Greece has been trying to negotiate a deal that would unlock 7.2 billion euros ($A10.0 billion) in remaining EU-International Monetary Fund bailout funds that Greece needs to avoid default and a possible exit from the euro.

But while Greeks oppose the deep cuts they have endured under austerity, nearly 73 per cent said they wanted to keep the euro.

Just more than 20 per cent told pollsters they would like to return to their old currency the drachma, according to the survey of 1007 people carried out from April 21 to 22.

Greeks seem to be less supportive of their leaders confrontational stance in negotiating with their creditors, with five out of ten approving of the strategy that has seen tempers flare and accusations fly.

But their disapproval of the stance has fallen less on prime minister Alexis Tsipras, who has held onto a just over 61 per cent approval rating.

However, finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who has headed up the stormy negotiations, has the approval of just over 51 per cent of his countrymen.


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