Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Centre-left PD makes new gains, says poll


Rome, December 7 - The centre-left Democratic Party
(PD) stretched its lead as the centre-right People of Freedom
(PdL) lost further ground amid fears that party manoeuvering
could trigger a government crisis, according to a new opinion
poll published Friday.
The PD was polling 30.3%, up 0.3% over the same day last
week, after party secretary Pier Luigi Bersani convincingly won
a runoff in primaries on December 2 to choose the centre-left's
candidate for the premiership in the next general elections,
slated for early next year.
The Five Star Movement (M5S) led by gadfly comedian Beppe
Grillo, Italy's second-biggest party, gained 0.2% to stand at
The PdL lost 0.5%, falling to its lowest-ever level at
13.8%, after Thursday's announcement that ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi would run for re-election and his party abstained
from two confidence votes in the current technocrat government
led by Mario Monti.
The centrist UDC showed further improvement, rising by
1.1% to stand at 5.2%, while the Left Ecology Freedom (SEL)
party of southern Puglia governor Nichi Vendola - considered the
PD's principal ally – lost 0.4% to stand at 5.6%.
Italy of Values (IDV), led by former anti-graft prosecutor
Antonio di Pietro, rose by 0.2% to 2.6%.

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