PD down but still top in poll, M5S overtakes PdL in second
Govt squabbling hurts ruling partners25 October, 11:27
The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement of ex-comedian Beppe Grillo gained 2.8% to 24.6% to place second, overtaking ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party which fell 1.4% to 23.1%.
Pollsters said continuing squabbles had hurt the PD and PdL, uneasy partners in an unprecedented right-left government.
Grillo benefitted from PD-PdL bickering over the budget and Berlusconi's looming ban from office, they said.