Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

M5S retains lead but loses ground, pollster says

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Rome, March 22 - The anti-establishment 5-Star
Movement (M5S) remains the biggest party in Italy but is losing
ground to its centre-left and centre-right competitors, an
opinion poll said Friday.
The party founded by Genoa comedian Beppe Grillo lost 3.1%
over the previous week to stand at 26.9%, followed closely by
Pier Luigi Bersani's Democratic Party (PD) at 26.4% and
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party at
24.2%, according to pollster SWG.
The PD and PdL saw their consensus grow by 1.3% and 0.9%
respectively.
The centrist formation Civic Choice led by outgoing
technocrat Premier Mario Monti lost 0.4% to stand at 7.9%.
M5S, Pd and PdL are contending the right to govern after
inconclusive general elections at the end of February resulted
in a hung parliament.
President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano was due to
announce who would be tasked with forming an executive on
Friday.
Pundits say any government may be short-lived and Italy
could go back to the polls within a year at the most.
One scenario sees a reform to the much-criticised electoral
law and Bersani's replacement at the PD helm by the younger,
more media-savvy and centrist mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi.
Renzi is the leader Italians have most confidence in, the
SWG poll found.
He enjoyed an approval rating of 49% compared to Grillo's
36% and Bersani's 32%.

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