SARONNO, Italy – It’s always interesting to read the public opinion polls taken by the newspapers in various cities in Italy. Usually I focus on Milan and Genoa, but today I thought I’d venture south and see what the Neapolitans were thinking as well. The results just might surprise you.
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Readers of Genova’s Il Secolo XIX were asked:
Is the proposed settlement Costa is offering cruise accident victims adequate?
Yes – 50%
No – 50%
Total votes: 4,431
Is the proposed location of a new mosque a good choice?
Proposed location OK – 10%
In the port area of the city’s historic center – 57%
In the center of Genova – 5%
In another location along the coast – 6%
Not in any location – 22%
Total votes 24,188
Then they were asked: In your opinion, how was the cruise ship emergency handled?
Good – more than 4,000 people were saved – 59%
Bad – many passengers were upset – 41%
Total votes: 3,161
What are you hoping to find in 2012?
Love – 10%
Work – 16%
Health - 41%
Money – 18%
Total votes: 4,134
Should older women try to become mothers?
Yes – 10%
No – 60%
Each case should be decided individually – 30%
Total votes: 4240
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In Milan, readers of Corriere della Sera were asked:
Italy’s Premier Mario Monti recently withdrew Rome's bid for the 2020 Olympics saying the Italian government can't supply the required financial backing at a time of economic crisis. The cost for hosting the Olympics has been estimated at $12.5 billion. Did he do the right thing?
Yes – 91%
No – 9%
Total votes: 3,143
Which of these news events affected you the most?
The killing of Bin Laden – 2%
The earthquake in Japan - 13%
The wedding of William and Kate – 0%
The Genova soccer team Sampdoria in Series B – 43%
The death of Amy Winehouse – 1%
The absolution of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito – 2%
The killing of Gheddeffi – 3%
Death of Marco Simoncelli at Malaysian Moto Gran Prix – 9%
The floods in Liguria – 15%
Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s fall from grace – 5%
The new Premier Mario Monti’s economic plan – 8%
Total votes: 8,162
How would you judge Premier Mario Monti’s first 100 days?
Good, he’s on the right track - 33%
Not so good, it’s always the same group of people who end up paying the most – 46%
It’s too early to tell – 20%
Total Votes: 457
Tax evasion is a huge problem in Italy, so the question asked was:
What do you think about the government’s stricter controls for tax evasion?
Finally, it’s about time – 78%
They will never be implemented – 22%
Total Votes: 9611
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In Naples, readers of Il Mattino were asked:
Do you agree with the plan to allow advertisements in front of Capri’s famous Blue Grotto?
Yes - 14.6
No – 84.3
Don’t Know – 1.1%
There is a plan to arm Naples’ city police with batons, do you think it is a good idea?
Yes – 76.3%
No - 22.9%
Don’t Know - .09%
The concept of allowing merchants to decide their own opening and closing hours is spreading through Italy. Asked if they thought it was a good idea, readers responded this way:
Yes – 62.2
No - 35.6
Don’t Know - 2.1%
And finally Il Mattino readers were asked whether they preferred a Christmas tree or a Nativity crèche.
Tree – 23.4
Crèche – 70%
Neither one - 5.7%
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