Renzi arrives at a referendum campaign rally in Rome in October. (Image credit: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg)

Final Polls Show Renzi’s Referendum Heading for Defeat in Italy


  • 'No’ consistently ahead before Dec. 4 nationwide vote
  • Negative result could hinder Premier Renzi’s political future


The final rush of public opinion polls before Italy’s referendum next month showed voters are leaning toward turning down the constitutional reforms.

Four polls published Friday showed the “No” camp in the lead, in a trend that has been predominant for several weeks.

As of Saturday, there will be a blackout period making it illegal to publish public opinion polls on the Dec. 4 vote.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has promised to quit if voters reject the referendum reforms, which he says would streamline Italy’s government decisions.

About 62 percent of Italians say they will vote, 27 percent won’t vote and 11 percent don’t know, according to a poll conducted on Nov. 16 by Ixe for Agora-Rai3 television program. While the “Yes” vote was unchanged at 37 percent from the previous week, the “No” is up to 42 percent from 40 percent previously. The poll was...Read more...