News from Italy: Support for populist party Italexit hits record high in recent poll | World | News
Italexit, which was founded after its leader Gianluigi Paragone split from Guiseppe Conte’s Five Star Movement in 2020, could contest its first general elections in 2023 when Italians go to the polls to elect members of the Chamber of Deputies and of the Senate. There are currently only four Italexit politicians in the Italian Senate, including Mr Paragone.
However, the party may be looking to benefit from a recent surge in polls after poll aggregation firm Europe Elects claimed support for Italexit had reached an all-time high in a recent opinion poll.
The survey, conducted by Ipsos for Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera, asked 1,000 voters how they would vote in the next election.
Italexit received support from 4.2% of respondents, roughly matching the same level of support currently given to the renowned Brexit Party in the UK.
According to Europe Elects, the full name of the party is No Europa per l’Italia – Italexit con Paragone and it is strongly opposed to EU integration.
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However, while other Eurosceptic parties seem to lean to the right, Italexit is said to have a “diverse” political orientation.
Responding to the recent opinion poll, Mr Paragone said on Twitter: “Support has almost doubled in the last month: no party is growing as much as Italexit.”
The centre-left Partito Democratico 21% could be placed ahead in a national vote for the first time as it emerged top with 21% of the vote.
Fratelli d’Italia, known in English as Brothers of Italy, is set to get a huge boost since receiving 4.4% in 2018, with Ipso suggesting one in five Italians could back the party. far right of Giorgia Meloni.
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According to EuroNews, 31% of Italians said they would vote to leave the Brussels bloc if a vote were held on Rome joining.
However, even though 43% of those polled said they would vote to stay, support for the EU was lower in Italy than in any other country of the ‘big four’.
Germany, which ultimately helped lay the groundwork for the EU when it established the Coal and Steel Community with France, recorded the biggest lead with 67% backing the bloc and just 20% expressing his opposition.
However, France turned out to be one of the more Eurosceptic members after 42% of voters backed far-right populist Marine Le Pen in the 2022 presidential election.