Analysis of a sample from over 430,000 social media comments about the Greek referendum across the Asia-pacific region in the last two days by Isentia, Asia’s leading media intelligence company, has shown that opinion on the no vote in the recent Greek referendum is fairly evenly split, although with slightly more commenters critical of the decision to refuse further austerity packages in exchange for continued loans from the European Union than those supporting the no vote.
This indicates generally lower levels of support for the referendum decision on social media in the Asia-Pacific than in other regions, but with still a very large proportion of commenters sympathetic to the Greek people’s stance against further austerity measures, even though this could see Greece having to return to the Drachma and major economic upheaval. The level of support may surprise some regional analysts who consider residents in the Asia-Pacific to be considerably less sympathetic to Greece’s debtor position than those in other parts of the world.
Themes in support of Greece included comments that austerity had not worked in reviving the Greek economy and that the EU was trying to “punish” Greece and this was a win for democracy:
Critical comments included themes that Greece was creating a Euro crisis, should pay back the money it owes other countries and that Greece needed to face up to the results of overspending and tax avoidance in the past: