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Confidence in Renzi government drops, survey says

Trust in premier down 7%, but still most popular politician

07 March, 14:26
Confidence in Renzi government drops, survey says (ANSA) - Rome, March 7 - After a surge in confidence last week in the new government of Premier Matteo Renzi, a new survey published on Friday by polling institute Ixe' showed that trust in the premier has dropped over the past week to 55%, down seven percentage points.

Confidence in the government, which was sworn in less than a month ago, also dropped to 50%, down six points on last week's 56%, according to the survey carried out on behalf of Agora', a program of State broadcaster Rai.

President Giorgio Napolitano ranked second behind the premier at 42% as a trustworthy leader indicated by the 1,000 people polled by Ixe', followed by ex-premier Enrico Letta at 40%.

Support for the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, dropped by four points to 27% while confidence in three-time ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi dropped 1% to 21%.

Confidence in New Center Right (NCD) leader Angelino Alfano went down four points to 20%.