“‘No’ Vote Ahead in Referendum, but Italians Open to Ditch Two-Chamber System” Roberto D’Alimonte, Sole 24 Ore, 17 November 2016

"The positive opinion on some aspects of the reform does translate in an overall positive assessment of the reform, nor in a “yes” vote in the referendum due to the negative attitude of many voters towards prime minister Renzi and his government"

According to Cise-Sole24 Ore-ItalyEurope24's poll carried out between October 27 and November 7 on Italy’s constitutional referendum, the "No" is ahead. 34% of those polled said “No” to the reform, 29% said “Yes” and 37% were uncertain or did not respond. However, voters don’t actually dislike the constitutional reform. They especially like some proposals: 57% agree that most laws need to be approved only by the Chamber of Deputies, while 83% approve that the lower House has to vote some bills by a specific deadline. The problem is the personalization of the referendum in the figure of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. With the negative attitude of many voters toward the Prime Minister and his Government, 63% have a negative or a very negative opinion of the Government’s action as a whole, the sense is clear: saying “No” to the reform is a vote against the Prime Minister, despite consensus on some parts of the reform. This happens in many parts of the electorate, especially in Southern Italy, where people affected by the effects of economic stagnation and unemployment have strong feelings of disaffection against Government leaders. "The opposition is naturally making the vote as a personal decision against the prime minister, betting that a “No” victory would automatically lead to his resignation. Renzi has certainly done his part, but the personalization of the referendum would have happened anyway".

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“‘No’ Vote Ahead in Referendum, but Italians Open to Ditch Two-Chamber System” Roberto D’Alimonte, Sole 24 Ore, 17 November 2016

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