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Poll shows PD losing voters' favour, Forza Italia unchanged

Recent Tecnè survey shows M5S gaining ground with electorate

20 February, 20:22
Poll shows PD losing voters' favour, Forza Italia unchanged (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 news service. 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%).

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