The wealthiest voted left, the workers and the middle voted right

Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy was the most popular party among workers and the middle class in last weekend’s elections, while the wealthiest Italians, as well as university graduates, were more likely to vote for left-wing parties.

The Brothers of Italy (FdI) came first in last weekend’s elections with 26% of the vote, winning almost six million votes more than in the previous election in 2018, and according to a distribution of votes by the company Ipsos, the party managed to secure just over 30% of the vote of lower-middle-class people among high numbers in all income brackets.

Among the upper middle class and college graduates, the left-wing Democrats were the most popular party, followed by Meloni’s FdI, the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera reports.

Nando Pagnoncelli, the boss of Ipsos, commented on the distribution of the vote saying: “These elections, even more than the previous ones, have shown how much the traditional reference groups of each party have disappeared” and noted that among the workers, the Democratic Party, the traditional left-wing party in Italy, came in fourth place behind the FdI, the Five Star Movement and Matteo Salvini’s League.

While Meloni is likely to become Italy’s first-ever female prime minister, the number of female voters who voted for her party was slightly lower than the number of male supporters according to the analysis.

The data comes just days after it was revealed that the FDI and the centre-right coalition had breached the so-called ‘red wall’ of traditionally left-leaning areas in regions including Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna , beating Democratic candidates in areas that have been the heartland of the left in Italy for decades.

The centre-right coalition won a total of 29 single-member constituencies in the former “red wall” areas and three of the five single-member constituencies for the Italian Senate.

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