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Poll shows Renzi's PD top party, followed by M5S

Forza Italia slightly down in voters' favour

02 April, 15:23
Poll shows Renzi's PD top party, followed by M5S (see related stories) (ANSA) - Rome, April 2 - A poll sounding out political preferences amongst Italian voters released on Wednesday showed that only four parties would exceed the 4% threshold in European Parliament elections to be held May 25.

According to the survey by the Datamedia research institute carried out for Rome daily Il Tempo, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) of Premier Matteo Renzi remained Italy's leading party at 31%, gaining 0.5% in a week, and confidence in Renzi jumped in the rankings to 58%.

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) followed at 24.3%, up 0.3% from the previous week.

Forza Italia led by former premier Silvio Berlusconi trailed behind at 20%, down 0.5% on last week, followed by the regionalist, anti-euro Northern League party which remained stable at 5%.

The poll also showed over one in two Italian voters did not intend to cast their ballots.