Italy'south ruling party slips in poll after influence-peddling scandal

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 6:56 PM

Renzi'south Democratic Party (PD) recorded its lowest rating since latest summer in the Demos poll, published in La Repubblica newspaper, which indicated it'd obtain 30.1 % of the vote if an election were held now.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi'south party has slipped in voters' estimation in recent weeks since a minister quit in connection with an influence-peddling probe, a poll indicated on Sunday.

Renzi'south Democratic Party (PD) recorded its lowest rating since latest summer in the Demos poll, published in La Repubblica newspaper, which indicated it'd obtain 30.1 % of the vote if an election were held now.

Federica Guidi resigned as industry minister latest mo after police released phone taps appearing to indicate her assuring her partner that the government would pass legislation that favored his energy business.

Guidi isn't below investigation in the case, but Renzi appeared to acknowledge on Saturday that revelations trickling out in the press had caused him discomfort.

"It's been a challenging week," he told a meeting of youthful party members in Rome.

Renzi remains Italy'south most favorite political boss but his personal approval rating has dropped slightly since Feb and by nearly half since summer two thousand fourteen, shortly after his party won a resounding triumph in European elections.

A separate survey in Corriere della Sera found eighty % of people thought the probe was undermining the government'south credibility to some extent, although a majority of those who followed it closely agreed with Renzi'south statements about it.

The Demos poll had the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement snapping at the heels of the PD, which is still Italy'south largest party, closing the gap to less than three points.

Just before Guidi resigned, another scandal had been prompted by a minister'south family connections to a failed bank. Forty-five % of people surveyed said the government had too many conflicts of interest and should step down.

The survey also found that, in the second circular of voting that could be triggered by electoral reforms passed latest year, the PD would've a very slender lead over the fractured center-right, but be defeated by the 5-Star Movement.

The following parliamentary election isn't due until two thousand eighteen, although instability within the ruling coalition frequently prompts speculation it could come earlier.

(Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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