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Polls suggest support slipping for Letta

46% want snap vote if govt falls

20 September, 12:29
Polls suggest support slipping for Letta (ANSA) - Rome, September 20 - Confidence in Premier Enrico Letta's fragile coalition government fell in recent days, amid heated talk of another political crisis, according to public opinion poll results released Friday.

Confidence in Letta's government dropped by four points to 25% as ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi fought to keep his Senate seat last week, triggering demands from his followers in the People of Freedom (PdL) party that Letta's Democrat Party support Berlusconi.

The findings come in the latest survey by SWG, conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday for Agora Estate and published by state broadcaster Rai.

They contrast with Letta's earlier high of 29% support among those surveyed a week earlier.

SWG also found that if Letta's government were to fall, almost half of Italians surveyed (46%) would prefer another national election, rather than efforts to cobble together another coalition.

Among that 46% who were supporting a new election, more than two out of three people (70%) surveyed identified with the maverick 5-Star Movement (M5S).

The survey of 1,500 adults who agreed to participate has a margin of error plus or minus 2.9%.