Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Silvio Berlusconi's PdL party leads the polls once again

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Rome, August 30 - Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom Party (PdL) has roared back into first place among
Italian political parties, according the latest election survey
conducted by Italian online polling company SWG.
The centre-right PdL appealed to 27.9% of voters polled,
rising six points over the February 25-26 elections to become
Italy's most popular political party, according to the survey.
The centre-left Democratic Party (PD), which edged out the
PdL in last election, sank one and a half points to 24%.
The anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S), led by
ex-comedian Beppe Grillo, also lost ground, slipping from 25.5%
last February to 20.1% in the survey, which was conducted for
the television programme Agora' on RAI 3.
The leftwing Freedom Ecology Left (SEL) party - headed by
Puglia governor Nichi Vendola and allied with the PD - gained
three points to reach 6.6% in the latest poll.
Support for the anti-immigrant Northern League also rose
one point to 5.1%.
Mario Monti's Civic Choice party, which won 8.8% of the
vote in February together with Gianfranco Fini's centre-right
Future and Freedom Party (FLI), sank this time to 4.5%.
The PdL's remarkable political comeback comes with a large
caveat and possible political pitfall, the survey found,
however.
Seventy percent of Italians believe Berlusconi should allow
the government to continue regardless of whether the Senate
removes him from the Upper House in a vote on September 9,
including over half of the centre right's own electorate.
The PdL has repeatedly threatened to scupper the
government's fragile right-left majority if the three-time
premier's Senate seat is taken away as a result of his
definitive conviction for tax fraud August 1 - his first
definitive sentence in almost 20 years of battles with
magistrates he accuses of left-wing bias.
But if the PdL pulls the plug on the current government,
led by the PD's Enrico Letta, they will anger 53% of their own
supporters.
Only 39% of the centre-right voter constituency is actively
in favour of creating government crisis.
Meanwhile, 87% of the centre-left electorate and 68% of M5S
supporters think Berlusconi's troubles should not interfere with
stability of the current government.

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