Italian election poll latest: Berlusconi in line for shock comeback | World | News

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Italy’s former prime minister, 81, currently leads the centre-right coalition dominated by his Forza Italy party which is making significant gains in the polls, ahead of the elections in March.

The rise in its popularity appears to be at the cost of the Democratic Party (PD) who has seen their support drop by three percentage points in the last month, according to a poll by Tecnè for TgCom24.

The poll of 1,000 people put PD on just 20.7 percent, its lowest share ever.

Forza Italia meanwhile has risen by one percentage point to 18 percent.

While Berlusconi’s party trails PD as the frontrunner, overall the coalition would dominate the Italian parliament with 39.2 percent of the vote.

Lega Nord has seen a drop in its share, down two percentage points to 12 percent.

Liberi e Uguali has also suffered a drop in support, down from 8 percent a month ago to 6.7 percent.

According to the poll the centre-left parties would command 28 percent of the vote.

Insieme – the Greens and Socialists – managed 1.7 percent, PiùEuropa just 1.5 percent and Civica Popolare could not even manage one percent.

The 5 Star Movement is the country’s single most popular party in the polls but because it opposes forming a coalition with others, it stands little chance of being a part of any future government.

Another poll carried out by Index Research for the TV channel La7, indicated tax cuts, more public spending and changing European Union budget rules have become a clarion call for all major parties, and several have promised benefits for the poor.

Of concern though for all Italian politicians was the apparent distrust of the options on offer in the upcoming election.

When asked which electoral promises they preferred and believed would become reality, 78.6 percent of people replied “none” of them.

Meanwhile, a sizeable 36.4 percent told Index Research they would not vote at all.



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