As many as 50 per cent of Italians want Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign, according to a poll published by the Corriere della sera, Italy’s biggest selling newspaper.
The billionaire is currently mired in not one but a series of sex scandals.
Leaked transcripts of phone conversations between more than 20 women who attended the so-called “bunga bunga” sex parties at Berlusconi’s villa have been splashed across newspapers the world over, cranking up pressure on the 74-year-old.
Magistrates in Milan have summoned the former cruise ship crooner for questioning and allege that Berlusconi paid for sex with a significant number of prostitutes, including a 17-year-old nightclub dancer.
Having sex with a prostitute under the age of 18 is an offence in Italy.
Berlusconi has refused to attend any questioning and accuses magistrates of trying to oust him from power.
Berlusconi has ridden out similar accusations before, but the latest come at a difficult time he only just survived a vote of no confidence in December and lost automatic immunity from prosecution following a court ruling last week.