Friday was the last day that opinion polls can be published in Italy ahead of the May 26 EU vote, with four separate surveys all showing the League, which is led by Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, in decline.
One poll in Corriere della Sera newspaper said support for the League had tumbled to 30.9% in May from 36.9% a month ago. Other surveys registered less dramatic falls, but all of them suggested the party had lost momentum after months of growth.
By contrast, Corriere said backing for 5-Star rose to 24.9% from a previous 22.3%, ending a long period of decline. However, a poll in la Repubblica saw 5-Star shedding support, easing to 22.6% from 23.2%.
All the polls put the opposition centre-left Democratic Party in third place on anywhere between 22.5% to 20.4% and all of them saw former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party stuck beneath 10%.