Berlusconi would still win an election, despite sex scandal, says pollster
Monday 24th January, 2011
Berlusconi would still win an election, if it were held now, a pollster has revealed, showing the premier's remarkable resilience.
A well-respected pollster in Italy has released the results of a poll, which show that despite the sex scandal surrounding the prime minister, Berlusconi would likely win an early election.
Berlusconi’s playboy image has done little to damage public support for the premier in the past and Renato Mannheimer’s survey for Corriere della Sera daily reveals that less than half of the public feel he should step down.
Around 49% of respondents said Berlusconi should resign, while 45% said he should not. In addition, 30.2% of respondents said they would vote for Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party, if elections were held now.
Although the figure seems low, it makes the People of Freedom party the most dominant, as Italy’s political system gives power to the party that achieves the greatest portion of votes, which is rarely an absolute majority of over 50%.
Italian prosecutors are charging Berlusconi on allegations that he slept with multiple prostitutes, some of whom were under 18, and abused the power of his office by getting one of them out of jail when she was arrested for theft.