Via Reuters:

Greece’s anti-bailout opposition party Syriza appears to be gaining momentum … before Sunday’s snap election

3 separate polls:

1. Syriza … poll lead grow to 6.5 points on Monday, according to a survey for the University of Macedonia conducted for Greece’s SKAI Television, up from a 4.5 point lead shown by the same pollster last week

2. Monday poll by Alco for the newspaper Proto Thema, Syriza… a 4.6 point lead for Syriza compared with a difference of 3.5 points in a poll by the same firm last week

  • Alco projected the leftist party would win 147 lawmakers in Greece’s 300-seat parliament, just short of an overall majority (Number includes the extra 50 seats the electoral system automatically gives the winning party)

3. GPO, for television station Mega, Syriza … from a lead of 3.2 points in a survey conducted nearly two weeks ago to 4 points

Why is this important? … A Syriza victory could trigger a standoff with Greece’s European Union and IMF lenders and unleash a new financial crisis.