A poll published Friday gave the Democratic Party 30 percent of the vote if the election were held now, compared with 19.5 percent for the upstart populist movement of comic Beppe Grillo. Berlusconi’s party was in third with 14.3 percent. The poll, by the SWG firm for state-run RAI 3, surveyed 5,000 voting-age adults by telephone between Nov. 26 and 28. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points.
It’s been quite a turnabout both for Berlusconi’s once-dominant movement and the Democratic Party, which had been in shambles for years, unable to capitalize on Berlusconi’s professional and personal failings.
Maria Grazia Murru contributed from Rome.
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