I am not particularly a political commentator, but I think that politics is such a basic part of macroeconomics in Italy that it is hard not to follow political events closely, so I am not exactly sent over the moon by the news that Romano Prodi's popularity rating seems to be waning (already) and doubly not when I discover that at the same time Massimo D'Alema has consolidated his poition as the most popular member of the Italian cabinet. When we think about the tough decision and tough reforms which lie ahead this certainly doesn't seem to be the most promising of starts. Anyone else got anything to add?
Prime Minister Romano Prodi's popularity among voters has slipped six months after winning the most tightly contested elections in modern Italian history, according to a poll by IPR Marketing.
The number of Italians that ``have faith'' in Prodi as the country's leader has dropped to 49 percent from 53 percent in September and 58 percent in July, IPR said. The Rome-based pollster surveyed 1,000 adults on Oct. 16. The previous two surveys were carried out Sept. 13 and July 12 respectively. No margin of error was given.
Massimo D'Alema, the foreign minister, is the most popular member of Prodi's cabinet, followed in joint second place by Antonio Di Pietro, the former prosecutor turned minister for public works, and Giovanna Melandri, who heads the newly created ministry of sport, the poll showed.
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