Italy’s Five Star Popularity Surges With Conte’s Frontman Role

Italy’s Five Star Movement could get a popularity boost with former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as its leader, according to a new poll.

The party has been hemorrhaging support in recent months and has been polling at around 15% in recent surveys, but it could gain about 6% more votes if Conte were to lead it, an SWG poll released late on Monday shows.

PartySupportChange
Conte-led Five Star22%+6.2%
League22.3%-1.1%
Democratic Party14.2%-4.3%

Conte, a 56-year-old lawyer and academic, has led two Italian government coalitions without any official party affiliation.

As one of the country’s most popular politicians, Conte is now positioning himself for a new career within Five Star and has been discussing a plan to overhaul it with party leaders.

A rise in popularity would give Five Star -- already the biggest force within parliament -- a shot at once again becoming Italy’s largest party, overtaking Matteo Salvini’s struggling League.

Five Star’s recovery could come at the expense of the Democratic Party, which could lose about 4% of support among voters, according to the SWG poll.

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