Italians' confidence in govt rises in past week, poll shows
Leader with most backing is Florence mayor Matteo Renzi13 September, 17:00
(ANSA) - Rome, September 13 - Italians' confidence in their broad coalition government has increased by four points to 29 from last week, according to the latest SWG poll released on Friday. Confidence in Premier Enrico Letta gained 1% to 41%, and general levels of confidence in Italian leaders gained with Matteo Renzi of the Democratic Party (PD) party reaching the top level of 51% and overtaking President Giorgio Napolitano's 47% approval rate.
The poll was drawn up for Agorà Estate and was first published on state broadcaster Rai.
Should political instability cause the Italian government to collapse, 40% of Italians and 54% of PD electors said they thought Letta needed to step aside and back Renzi, currently the mayor of the Tuscan city of Florence and who has been fighting for the party leadership in recent months. Only 21% of Italians and 35% of PD-backers said they were favourable to a new Letta cabinet. In terms of leadership backing, approval ratings for anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (MS5) leader Beppe Grillo rose three points to 24, the same level as ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, who saw a 1% gain in support.