UPDATE 1-Most Greeks fault govt over crisis handling – poll

* Most Greeks think government was slow or made wrong moves

* 65.2 pct believe PM Papandreou misled on state of economy

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ATHENS, April 24 (BestGrowthStock) – About two-thirds of Greeks
think their socialist government was either too slow to react or
handled the economy poorly as the country’s fiscal crisis
deepened, an opinion poll showed on Saturday.

Greece, racing to get emergency funds to pay off maturing
debt next month, asked on Friday to tap a 45 billion euro ($60.5
billion) rescue package put together by the European Union and
the International Monetary Fund.

The poll by ALCO for Sunday’s Proto Thema newspaper showed
that 37.3 percent of those asked believed the government moved
slowly in dealing with the debt crisis, which has shaken the
euro, while 28.2 percent said it made the wrong moves.

Based on the poll, conducted nationwide from April 21-23 on
a sample of 1,000 people, only 23.1 percent approved of the
government’s moves in handling the economy during the crisis,
indicating declining confidence.

The poll also showed that 65.2 percent thought Prime
Minister George Papandreou had misled people about the true
state of the economy. By contrast 26.1 percent thought
Papandreou, elected last October, had not known the extent of
the country’s problems.

Another poll by Public Issue last week showed that only 47
percent of Greeks trusted Papandreou to handle the economy
compared to 55 percent in February. [ID:nLDE63M0JW]

Greece’s borrowing costs climbed to prohibitive levels after
it revealed following the October election that its budget hole
last year was 12.7 percent of its annual economic output,
prompting credit rating downgrades.

The EU statistics office last week revised the 2009 deficit
upwards by nearly a point to 13.6 percent of Gross Domestic
Product. Greece’s debt is projected to rise to 120.4 percent of
GDP this year. [ID:nLDE6191EJ]

Despite the fiscal mess and the austerity measures that the
government has already announced to repair public finances, most
Greeks said they would not move their money abroad or emigrate
if they had the chance.
(Reporting by George Georgiopoulos, editing by Mark
Trevelyan)

UPDATE 1-Most Greeks fault govt over crisis handling – poll