Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Renzi's popularity continues to rise

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Rome, April 19 - Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi of the
centre-left Democratic Party (PD) saw his popularity rise still
further on Friday with over twice the rating of party secretary
and centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani, the SWG polling
agency said.
The 38-year-old local administrator was polling 61%, up 5
points over the previous week.
This compared to the 29% registered by Bersani, who
nonetheless also saw his popularity rise by 2%.
The PD secretary was followed by Beppe Grillo, the
firebrand leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement
(M5S), and ex-premier and leader of the centre-right People of
Freedom (PdL) party Silvio Berlusconi, who were neck-and-neck at
28%.
Outgoing technocrat Premier Mario Monti, leader of the
small centrist and reformist platform Civic Choice, trailed at
23%.
The latest figures came against a backdrop of ongoing
political deadlock after inconclusive general elections at the
end of February led to a hung parliament and disagreements over
the election of Italy's next president.
Renzi's standing has grown since he publicly urged the PD
and PdL to strike a deal or go back to the polls, while Bersani
has been hurt by a perceived insistence on wanting a precarious
PD-led minority government amid rising tensions within his
party.
Many now see the Florence mayor as a possible answer to the
impasse, possibly at the helm of a broad coalition government
supported by left and right.
Renzi has also been boosted by Bersani's perceived
mishandling of the presidential vote, after he allowed
Berlusconi to pick a candidate, ex-Senate Speaker Franco Marini,
who exposed deep divisions in the PD.
The party has now swung behind two-time premier Romano
Prodi, a former European Commission chief, in the hope that the
rifts can be papered over.

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