Poll says one-third give government six months
Survey finds little optimism for Letta's survival27 September, 13:50
The survey of 1,000 adult Italians found that 17% of respondents gave the government only until Christmas to live, while 30% said it wouldn't last beyond six months.
The survey conducted for television station RAI 3 said that 19% of those surveyed this week thought that the Letta government will last another year.
The poll came as parliamentarians in ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party threatened to quit en masse if he is ejected from his Senate seat next week.
If they follow through on those threats, it could mean the collapse of Letta's fragile coalition government.
If that happens, 59% of those surveyed said they wanted a new election.
And if an election were held immediately, 20% said they prefer an alliance between Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and Letta's Democratic Party (PD), 15% want the PD alone, and 6% said they didn't know.
About 25% of those polled said they had confidence in the present coalition government.
Among party leaders, Letta had a 44% confidence rating, while 48% said they had confidence in President Giorgio Napolitano, 45% were enthused about PD heir-apparent Matteo Renzi, who is now mayor of Florence, and the present secretary of the PD Guglielmo Epifani had a 16% rating.
Grillo drew a 22% confidence rating while Berlusconi and FI secretary and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano each drew 21%.
The poll was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday by CATI-CAMI with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%