Everybody needs to be loved and the mayors of Italy's 8,092 comuni are no exception. Today, with the publication of Il Sole 24 Ore's Governance Poll, 101 mayors found out the extent to which their administrations are satisfying their citizens.
The most loved mayor in Italy, according to the poll, is Salerno's Vincenzo De Luca [PD] and Sicilian mayors Leoluca Orlando of Palermo [Italia dei Valori] and Marco Zambuto [UDC] of Agrigento are in second and third places respectively. The Lega Nord's Flavio Tosi of Verona is in fourth place.
It is noticeable that the mayors at or near the top of the list have been elected or re-elected recently and have thus had their visibility increased. In general, the results point to a widespread loss of faith in politicians and, with a general election coming up, this is a wake-up call if ever there was one. Of the 101 mayors listed, 27 received less than a 50% approval rating.
Ragusa's Emanuele [Nello] Dipasquale [who has recently resigned in order to become a candidate for the Regional Assembly] comes in at 59th, while Rome's Gianni Alemanno [PdL] is 70th. I had to look way down the list to find a woman mayor and when I did, it was Maria Rita Rossa [PD] of Alessandria [Piedmont] in 93rd position. As far as I could see, she is the only woman on the list, which may reflect the fact that just over 10% of the country's comuni have women mayors.
Now, it would be mean to tell you who is last, but I will anyway: the mayors of Catania, Messina and Foggia occupy the last three positions.
The Fourmost - A Little Loving