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58% of Italians favour Renzi replacing Letta, says poll

About 36% don't want new PD secretary to take premier's job

31 January, 15:12
58% of Italians favour Renzi replacing Letta, says poll (ANSA) - Rome, January 31 - More than half of Italians would like to see the Democratic Party (PD) government of Premier Enrico Letta replaced by the party's new secretary Matteo Renzi, according to the results of a public opinion poll released Friday.

Fully 58% would like to see Renzi and his supporters replace Letta, according to the survey by pollsters Ixe for RAI 3 television's program Agora.

About 36% said they were opposed to the idea of Renzi replacing Letta.

The survey was conducted on 1,000 people and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%.

Letta was chosen to head a coalition government last April, amid the worst recession Italy has seen since the period after the Second World War.

But his budget measures have been criticized, especially as many had hoped for cuts to labour-related taxes that did not transpire.