February 24th, 2013
02:11 AM ET

Bersani leads Berlusconi in polls as Italy votes for new parliament

Italy's parliamentary elections kick off Sunday, with polls suggesting the center-left - led by Pier Luigi Bersani - is on track to defeat controversial three-time prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
But Berlusconi's rise in the polls in recent weeks, combined with widespread public disillusionment, means that nothing about the race is a foregone conclusion.
The two-day election is a four-horse race between political coalitions led by Bersani, Berlusconi, outgoing premier Mario Monti, and the anti-establishment movement led by ex-comedian Beppe Grillo.
Polls are banned within two weeks of the elections, but the most recent ones had Bersani holding onto a slender lead over Berlusconi. Grillow was a distant third.

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  1. stuart

    I have a feeling berlusconi aint gonna win this one

    February 24, 2013 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Allisio Rex


    I have a feeling berlusconi aint gonna win this one

    And why the election in Italy should concern you or anyone else ? Italians are not Anglo-Saxons. They are not Americans. They are Latins and Christian Catholics. They see things differently. I actually. like Berlusconi.

    February 24, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alberto

    Allisio Rex

    If you like Berlusconi, you hate Italy. He's Italy's cancer! I'm italian and proud to have voted a party that is not full of demagogy like Berlusconi's or Grillo's.

    February 24, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |