Judging by the crowd at Di Maio’s rally in his hometown, M5S certainly appeals to young professionals.
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In the Naples suburb of Torre del Greco, a port town at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, voters are steaming.Whichever party can convert voters' palpable anger in the south into support in Italy's March 4 election could very well determine who governs Italy.The maverick Five Star Movement (M5S), a populist phenomenon that bills itself as the antidote to establishment politics, appears positioned to benefit from citizen outrage as it aims to enter Italy's national government for the first time.Analysts predict the March 4 vote will produce three blocs: the Five Star Movement, former premier Silvio Berlusconi's alliance of centrist and right-wing groups, and a center-left group led by former Premier Matteo Renzi.In opinion polls, M5S consistently ranks as the most popular choice of those saying they'll vote.Supporters view M5S as a long-awaited opportunity to break with Italy's established parties, like Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, which has done well previously in the south but which they say failed to help the region develop.Judging by the crowd at Di Maio's rally in his hometown of Pomigliano d'Arco, a factory town on the outskirts of Naples, M5S certainly appeals to young professionals.There's one bloc of voters that surpasses M5S in opinion polls: Italians who are undecided or say they won't vote at all.
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