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5-Star, League May Score Surprise Gains in Italy’s Election: Pollsters

5-Star, League May Score Surprise  Gains in Italy’s Election: Pollsters

ROME - The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League could do better than expected in Italy’s election on Sunday and the head of the anti-immigrant League could be in a position to become the next prime minister, pollsters say.The 5-Star Movement was already the leading single party according to all opinion polls issued before their publication was banned two weeks ago, with around 28 percent of the vote.
However, several pollsters told Reuters they thought 5-Star might reach 30 percent or above, though they dismissed the chances of it nearing the 40 percent threshold needed to form a government on its own.
“I think at the last moment a lot of undecided voters will go for 5-Star and it will take them above 30 percent,” said Federico Benini, head of the Winpoll agency. “These voters want change, and at this election that is represented by 5-Star.”
Antonio Noto, head of the Noto polls agency, said he would not be surprised to see 5-Star reach 30 percent. Both pollsters said the League, which is running as part of a center-right election alliance, could also pull off a shock.
Noto said he saw a more than 50 percent chance that the League, led by the blunt-spoken euroskeptic Matteo Salvini, would overtake former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (Go Italy!) as the leading party in the alliance. (Reuters)