Renzi down in the polls but still best leader


A poll published in La Stampa which was conducted by the Piepoli Institute suggests that support for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has fallen to 35%. When he came to power in January 2014 support for him was 58% and this rose to 67% after the European elections last year.

Despite this decline Renzi is still the most popular of the Italian leaders with the exception of President Sergio Mattarella who stands at 61%. The poll puts Silvio Berlusconi on 13%, Beppe Grillo of the Eurosceptic 5 Star Movement on 24% and Matteo Salvini the leader of the Northern League on 25%. The poll reports that Maurizio Landini the Secretary General of the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) has 26% support.

When looking at the parties, the poll suggests that the centre-right have 33.5% of the vote with the centre-left on 38%. Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD) is on 33.5% support whilst Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (FI) is on 10.5%. The Northern League has 16% support and the 5 Star Movement has 24.5% of the vote.

Amongst Ministers Pier Carlo Padoan, the Minister of Economy and Finance has 53% support, Graziano Delrio, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport is on 52%, whilst Dario Franceschini, Minister of Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism and Maurizio Martina, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies are both on 50%. Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Parliamentary Relations, Maria Elena Boschi takes up sixth place on 43% along with Andrea Orlando the Minister of Justice and Roberta Pinotti the Minister of Defence.

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