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Italy’s League Voter Support Soars and Five Star’s Lead Narrows

  • Five Star support falls slightly, according to latest polls
  • Berlusconi’s party support plummets, Democratic party stable
Matteo Salvini during an election campaign rally in Milan. 

Matteo Salvini during an election campaign rally in Milan. 

Photographer: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Matteo Salvini’s hand within Italy’s newly formed populist government strengthened as polls showed his League party has narrowed the lead of its ally, the Five Star Movement, to less than 2 percentage points.

Support for the anti-immigrant League grew to 28.5 percent, compared with 17.4 percent of votes received in March 4 general elections, according to an Ipsos poll published Saturday in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Luigi Di Maio’s anti-establishment Five Star saw its support fall slightly to 30.1 percent from 32.7 percent of ballots on March 4, according to the poll.