UPDATE 1-Greeks oppose cuts but expect govt to deliver-poll

* Opposition to VAT hike, pension freeze, bonus cuts

* Support for higher alcohol, tobacco, luxury goods taxes

* 78 pct see high probability measures to be implemented

* Opinion poll published as PM prepares to visit Germany

* Public transport hit by walkouts in Athens

(Adds more details of poll, strikes, background)

By Angeliki Koutantou and Paul Hoskins

ATHENS, March 5 (BestGrowthStock) – The Greek government faces stiff
opposition to some austerity measures announced this week, an
opinion poll showed, but most expect them to be implemented and
there was no sign the government’s ratings have suffered yet.

Pressured by financial markets and the European Union,
Greece announced on Wednesday 4.8 billion euros ($6.52 billion)
in wage cuts, a pension freeze and tax increases to reduce its
huge fiscal deficit.

The poll carried out by Public Issue for Skai TV and
published on Friday showed around three-quarters of 530 people
surveyed disapproved of higher taxes on fuel, VAT hikes, a
freeze on public pensions and cuts in bonuses for civil

On a more positive note for the government 50 percent said
they backed bigger salary cuts for public service workers, 65
percent supported higher duty on alcohol and cigarettes and 82
percent approved of a levy on luxury goods.

The survey also showed that 78 percent believed there was a
high probability that all of the government’s measures would be

Ratings agencies and other European Union governments have
said delivery will be key in determining whether Greece can
re-establish its credibility on the world stage and as a

The results of the poll came as Greek Prime Minister George
Papandreou prepared to travel to Germany on Friday for a meeting
with Chancellor Angela Merkel in the hope of persuading her to
back more concrete EU support measures for Greece.

Unlike other recent surveys, the poll did not specifically
ask people whether they approved of the way the government was
handling the debt crisis.

Opposition to government belt-tightening has so far been
relatively muted for a country with a tradition of street

Two opinion polls published in late February but before
details of the latest austerity measures were unveiled this week
showed the majority of Greeks thought the government was
tackling the crisis effectively. [ID:nLDE61Q06I] [ID:nLDE61L0HK]

Those polled in the latest survey did not expect the
government to get a smooth ride, however, with 62 percent
predicting that social unrest in Greece was highly likely in the
next 12 months .

The private sector GSEE union and its sister public sector
union ADEDY, which represent half of Greece’s 5-million
workforce, called workers to stop work from midday (1000 GMT) on
Friday and attend a rally outside parliament.

Separately, other walkouts brought public transport in
Athens to a standstill.

Some 53 percent of respondents said it would be better for
Greece if the European Union and the European Central Bank were
to provide any financial support while 12 percent favoured the

Stock Market Money

(Editing by Matthew Jones and Toby Chopra)

UPDATE 1-Greeks oppose cuts but expect govt to deliver-poll