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Monti coalition in fourth place for Italy elections

Pier Luigi Bersani’s Democratic Party was most popular with 35.3 per cent of voting intentions.

Pier Luigi Bersani’s Democratic Party was most popular with 35.3 per cent of voting intentions.

A coalition of centrist parties led by Italy’s outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti is currently running in fourth place ahead of early elections in February, according to a poll published yesterday.

Luigi Bersani was way ahead

The centre-left Democratic Party led by Pier Luigi Bersani was way ahead with 35.3 per cent of voting intentions, according to the poll published by the Tecne agency for tele­vision network Sky Italia.

Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party came second with 19.5 per cent, followed by 16.0 per cent for the Five Star Movement led by populist blogger Beppe Grillo, a former comedian campaigning against corruption and in favour of environmental issues.

Parties supporting Monti garnered just 12 per cent.

Political commentators say Monti could ally himself with the Democratic Party if it fails to win majorities in both houses of parliament and could become finance minister in such a coalition.

The poll, which was conducted on December 29 after former economics professor Monti announced his intention to lead a centrist coalition, had 600 respondents and a margin of error of four per cent.

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