As a record of the proclivities of public opinion, proclivities that almost always vary, opinion polls are subject to many interpretations. The classic example of these varying proclivities is the European Union. Some citizens have a positive opinion of its role, and some are negatively disposed.
Yet, there are those rare cases when a propensity is unanimous and indivisible. Such a rare unanimity was registered in a Metron Analysis poll, published today by Ta Nea, on the question of the government’s handling of the case of the two Greek army officers imprisoned in Turkey, and of Greek-Turkish relations more generally.
It would be no exaggeration to say that there is a general condemnation on this issue. The citizenry as a whole disapproves of the government’s management of this sensitive issue.
It is indicative that only 12 percent approve of ruling Syriza’s management of the issue, and only one percent approves of the approach of its junior coalition partner, the Independent Greeks, the party of Defence Minister Panos Kammenos.
It is clear that citizens view the officers imprisoned in a jail in Edirne, Turkey as they own boys, and they are deeply concerned about all that is transpiring of late in the Aegean. That concern is exacerbated by the fact that there is nearly zero trust in the government’s ability to manage the problem.
What becomes evident is that whatever ploys the government may marshal, its inadequacy in managing the issue cannot be hidden. The sense of its desperate inadequacy is unanimous.