Berlusconi's approval rating falls below 50 per cent for the first time in 15 years

Scandals are taking a toll on the PM’s popularity

In a poll, published in La Repubblica, 49 per cent indicated that they still support the scandal-plagued Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi’s lowest approval rating since 1994. It was a four-point drop from a poll in May. And half of those surveyed said they had little or no confidence in him. A series of scandals have dogged Berlusconi. Most recently, tapes in which he is allegedly talking to a female escort were posted on the Internet. Overall, confidence in the government is holding steady at 44 per cent.

The Telegraph