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    Greece Prepared to Vote Against Austerity Measures, Suggests Poll

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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a nationwide referendum on whether the country should accept its creditors' demands for spending cuts and tax increases.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Greeks are likely to refuse the austerity measures proposed by its foreign creditors in exchange for financial assistance in a nationwide referendum scheduled for Sunday, an opinion poll published in the daily newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton Wednesday has shown.

    On Tuesday, Greece failed to meet the payment deadline to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which was the first such failure by a developed country. Earlier, negotiations between Greece and its creditors on a modified reform program in exchange for additional funding from the European Union also failed to yield a result.

    Poll

    The Greek bailout referendum is set for July 5. What do you think the outcome will be?
    • The Greeks will vote 'No', and an immediate Grexit will follow
      53.2% (1057)
    • The Greeks will vote 'Yes', and the austerity policy will remain
      12.1% (240)
    • The Troika will finally agree to work out a reasonable compromise and Greece won't have to leave the EU
      34.7% (689)
    Voted: 1986
    The opinion poll conducted by pollster ProRata suggests that 46 percent of Greeks think that the country should not accept the creditors' proposals in exchange for another financial lifeline. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras himself urged the voters to reject the proposals.

    The poll shows that support for the "No" vote had been much higher, at about 57 percent, before Greek authorities imposed capital controls and closed the banks on Monday, allowing only a maximum withdrawal of 60-euro in cash per day.

    The collated data also showed support for the "Yes" vote climbing from 30 to 37 percent.

    Greece's overall debt to international creditors stands at about $350 billion, of which $270 billion is owed to the European Central Bank (ECB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and eurozone countries.

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