Third of Italians back anti-immigrant party

More than one third of Italians – including many in the once-hostile south – are ready to vote for the anti-EU, anti-immigration Northern League, a poll showed on Sunday.

Matteo Salvini (pictured), the youthful leader of the right-wing regional party, confirmed his status as the rising star of Italian politics with approval ratings of 35 percent in a Demos & Pi poll published by La Repubblica newspaper – up five per cent on November.

Salvini, 41, who launched a bid to extend his party’s appeal to the poorer south of the country amid much fanfare on Friday, came second in the poll to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, 39, who it said has the confidence of exactly half of Italians.

His rise is often compared with that of France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who has tried to steer the National Front closer to the mainstream in a bid for power…

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  • pdxnag

    So, what percentage of invader Muslims are in favor of invasion and imposition of legal supremacy of Muslims over Infidels under Islamic Sharia law?

    • Jason

      It’s quite high. I think I read it was like 60-70% in the UK but that might have been just for 18-24 year olds. The really dangerous thing is support is generally greater among the younger age groups and in 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants: Muslims are definitely NOT integrating over time.

      • winniec

        -ICM Poll: 40% of British Muslims want Sharia in the UK

        -NOP Research: 68% of British Muslims support the arrest and prosecution of anyone who insults Islam;

        -MacDonald Laurier Institute: 62% of Muslims want Sharia in Canada (15% say make it mandatory)

        • 72% of Indonesian Muslims, 84% of Pakistani Muslims, 82% of Bengladeshi Muslims, 74% of Egyptian Muslims, and 71% of Nigerian Muslims supported making Sharia the official state law of their respective societies. The population-weighted average from these 5 countries was 77% supportive.

        -According to a WorldPublicOpinion.org poll survey published in 2007, two-thirds or 66% of 1.5 billion plus Muslims in the world would like to “unify all Islamic counties into a single Islamic state or caliphate.”

        • Jason

          Hmm, so it’s worse in Canada than the UK – that’s scary.

  • Dana Garcia

    Europe is getting interesting. There’s not much good news there days, but resistance against Muslim immigration is a sign of hope.

    • Ed Ellison

      It is heartening to see that at least some people are starting to push back against the insanity.
      The burning question is will it be enough and soon enough to avoid the inevitable?

      • Frau Katze

        It is very late in the day…but it is better than nothing,

  • RevnantDream

    Its finally starting. Reality is setting in

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    Beppe Grillo’s party of the Five Star movement should be supported. They are for direct democracy, probably also currency reform and for independence in society. They are much better than the anti-immigrant party that is spoken in this case. They are probably for riling and not for real nationalism which means unity and the national state being strong and Italy having a strong identity. Anti-immigrant parties for riling up I just think would cause Italy to break up like Repubblica Venezia.

    • David

      Your hero beppe is a Jew hater. How about you?

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        I care more about the movement’s ideals and rescuing Italian society than about populist nonsense. The fact is the Western foreign policy has contributed to bankrupting the West. We need more independence in society and anyone allying themselves to a foreign power should live in those jurisdictions. We need non-interventionism in such turbulent times. You notice how a lot of Western leaders are using attacking Russia as a distraction. The same with the war on terror. What happened to those trillions. Sounds like boondoggles to me.

        • Billy Bob Thornton

          And Grillo’s party is anti-austerity, pro-freedom and for true capitalism not neoliberalist nonsense which has been around since the late 70’s/early 80’s. The fact is you can thank a mainstream politician every time you see them. You know the debts they bring, the rampant unemployment. This isn’t accidental. This is a formula.

        • David

          And the 6 million dead Jews and the 20 million dead russians don’t mean a thing. If “rescuing italian society” means throwing Israel under the bus well fuck your sophomoric drivel.

          • Billy Bob Thornton

            I think if a society wants war so much and are doing everything possible to instigate like with Iran and other nation-states then they should fight such wars. If we are to have such mentalities then we don’t have independence but we follow movements and don’t have a nationalist states but globalist states. That means in essence that we are a collection of one of many. That doesn’t strike you as problematic? To me, globalism of all kinds is the problem. Nationalism is the only freedom meaning non-interventionism and fighting only when the nation itself is threatened. That is where I stand. I only said rescuing Italian society because the story is about Italians going to such a party. I feel Grillo’s solution is the solution for the Western nations.