Ruling New Democracy (ND) party’s lead over main opposition SYRIZA was calculated at 18 percentage points, based on results of the latest Pulse opinion poll, which was unveiled on Wednesday evening.

Additionally, slightly more than half of respondents in the poll appeared negatively disposed towards the prospect of an early election being called in the country; 35% said they supported such a development. Two back-to-back elections were held last May and June, with center-right ND winning by a landslide in both.

Conversely, 61% of respondents supported the idea of a preliminary committee of inquiry to be convened in Parliament in order to investigate the Tempi rail disaster.

The number one problem faced by society, according to the poll’s results, was by far the high cost of living, followed in the distance by crime, the health sector and justice system.

The poll was conducted between April 1 and April 3 by Pulse for the television broadcaster Skai.

Specifically, and without an extrapolation of the results, ND was preferred by 33 percent of respondents to 15% for leftist SYRIZA. PASOK follows with 12.5% and the Communist Party (KKE) is given 8.5%. Another four lesser parties garnered above 3%, the threshold needed for Parliament representation in a general election (of valid votes).

Despite in a slide in voter approval ratings for his government, incumbent PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis remains the most popular political leader and is deemed the most suitable for the post. Second place goes to “no one”, before SYRIZA leader Stefanos Kasselakis emerges in third place.