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Polls predict possible repeat win for Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition would win if the current deadlock forces new elections in Italy, but would fail to get enough votes for an overall majority in parliament, polls showed today.

world Updated: Apr 12, 2013 20:46 IST

Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition would win if the current deadlock forces new elections in Italy, but would fail to get enough votes for an overall majority in parliament, polls showed on Friday.

A poll by the SWG Institute gave Berlusconi's coalition 32.4% of the vote, compared to Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left forces at 30%.

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement would get 24%.

The poll, based on 1,500 respondents and with a margin of error of 2.9%, indicated that support for the centre-left and the Five Star Movement has ebbed since February 24-25 elections while backing for Berlusconi has risen.

Another poll by the Tecne Institute for news channel Sky TG 24 gave the centre-right 33.3% and the centre-left 31.4%.

The Tecne poll showed that Berlusconi's coalition would fall short of a majority in the Senate, the same problem that the centre-left faces at the moment after winning in February but only by a razor-thin margin.

Berlusconi has urged arch-rival Bersani either to agree to a grand coalition between their two political forces or for new elections to be called.

Bersani has so far ruled out a deal, which would be deeply unpopular among leftists but is supported by some within his own party.

In an interview published on Friday, Berlusconi said he could support a presidential candidate from the left in voting in parliament that will start next week, but only on condition of a cross-party agreement.