Poll gives little comfort to Berlusconi threats of pullout
An opinion poll published in La Repubblica yesterday suggests that threats by Silvio Berlusconi to bring down the government if a Senate committee this week votes to remove him from parliament might not be such a good idea.
The leader of the centre-right People of Freedom party (PdL) has been making the threats for weeks. However the opinion poll conducted by Demos & Pi suggests that the PdL would get just 26.2% of the vote compared with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) led by Prime Minister Enrico Letta which would get 28.2% of the vote. Previously the PdL had been well in the lead in opinion polls after the election held in February this year.
The populist 5-Star Movement of comedian Beppe Grillo has also lost some of its vigour dropping from the 25% they took in February to 21% today.
The poll also showed that nearly 50% of those polled had a positive view of the Letta government and felt that it would survive until the end of the year (57% and into next year (40%).
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