Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Poll shows rampant voter disaffection in Italy


Rome, April 23 - The ranks of disaffected Italian
voters are growing, with fully 50% of those surveyed not
expressing support for any current political party or movement,
according to a poll Tuesday.
The ranks of those checking off "undecided" and "no vote"
put together were up 10% over the last poll, released April 17,
and nearly double the 27% no-show at February's general
elections, a survey conducted by Tecne' for the news channel Sky
Tg24 revealed.
April 17 marked the day before MPs began wrestling over the
election of the country's new head of state - a divisive
four-day political showdown that saw the resignation of the
leader of the centre-left, protests by the anti-establishment
5-Star Movement (M5S), and the unexpected re-election of the
87-year-old incumbent, Giorgio Napolitano.
The survey showed the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and
the M5S losing ground, while Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right
People of Freedom Party (PdL) gained popularity.
The PdL led with roughly 30% support, up about 2.5% over
the last survey.
Together with coalition allies, the centre-right holds
38-39%, the survey said.
Meanwhile, the PD stands at about 24%, a loss of more than
2% since the previous week.
The centre-left coalition support stood at 29.6% for the
House and 59.6% in the Senate.
Support for M5S sank 3% to roughly 20%.
M5S won about a quarter of the vote in February's
parliamentary elections.
Nevertheless, M5S leader Beppe Grillo tweeted triumph on
Tuesday citing a different poll.
"M5S absolutely 1st place," Grillo posted on Twitter,
referring to a survey that showed M5S gaining 5.2% to reach
current voter support of 29.1%.
Grillo cited a poll conducted by EMG and broadcast by
television channel La7 and others.

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