More than 60 percent of Italians approve of new PM Letta: poll

Reuters News
Posted: May 03, 2013 5:27 AM
More than 60 percent of Italians approve of new PM Letta: poll

ROME (Reuters) - More than 60 percent of Italians have confidence in new prime minister Enrico Letta, but only 7 percent expect his right-left coalition government to last for a full five-year term, a survey showed on Friday.

Letta's government was sworn in on Sunday, ending months of stalemate in the euro zone's third largest economy. He embarked on a tour of European capitals this week to push for a shift of focus away from austerity towards growth and jobs.

The survey by leading pollster the SWG institute showed that the 46-year-old moderate, from the badly fractured center-left Democratic Party (PD), is the most popular prominent political figure among Italians, with a 62 percent approval rating.

Center-left Florence mayor Matteo Renzi was close behind him with 60 percent, while center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi and the head of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement Beppe Grillo trailed with 28 percent and 27 percent respectively.

Forty-eight percent of those polled answered yes when asked whether they were satisfied with the make-up of Letta's government, which is backed by the PD, Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) and a centrist group led by former prime minister Mario Monti.

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The survey, conducted on April 30 and May 1, polled 1,500 people over the age of 18. The margin of error was 2.9 percent.

(Reporting by Catherine Hornby; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)