(ANSA) - Rome, February 20 - A recent poll sounding out
political preferences amongst Italian voters showed the
centre-left Democratic Party (PD) part to be declining in
favours, the centre-right Forza Italia party substantially
unchanged, and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S)
jumping in the rankings by three percentage points.
The Tecnè poll was carried out for the TgCom24 television
The two leading parties remain the Forza Italia party led by
former premier Silvio Berlusconi, and by the PD, to which
premier-designate Matteo Renzi belongs, even though the sands
have shifted in favour of the former, which lost less ground
with the electorate compared to its rival, which is currently
tasked with setting up the next government.
Renzi has announced he plans to form a new government after
concluding talks with Italy's political parties to cobble
together enough support to receive parliament support for his
executive at a Monday vote.
The M5S movement, which was founded by comedian-turned-
politician Beppe Grillo, trails Forza Italia's leading position
by some 14 percentage points. Even so, it is the only political
party amongst the main ones to have gained in voters' favours
since the last poll was issued.
Voter's current intentions below are accompanied by the last
indications provided in a February 11 poll in brackets.
- PD 28.7% (31.0%).
-FI 25.3% (25.4%).
- M5S 24.6% (21.6%).