One in two Italians against Mattarella candidacy

Majority wants direct election of president of Republic

(ANSA) - Rome, January 30 - One in two Italians is against Sergio Mattarella for president, a survey by Ixé pollsters showed Friday.
    Premier Matteo Renzi tapped Mattarella, a Constitutional Court judge and founding member of the ruling center-left Democratic Party (PD), for the post on Thursday.
    Another 20% support Mattarella's candidacy and 29% said they didn't know.
    A majority of respondents, or 72%, said they want the president elected directly by citizens, and not by an assembly of MPs and regional representatives as per the Constitution.
    Another 22% were against the idea and 6% didn't know.
    The survey of 1,000 respondents aged 18 and over was carried out January 28 and 29 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%.


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